Here you will find summaries of some of the 24/7 Sobriety Programs
South Dakota’s 24/7 Sobriety program was pioneered by former South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long. Special Attorney General Bill Mickelson assisted with development, implementation, and management of the project.
The early South Dakota 24/7 Program (pre-2012) is the genesis of the test data used in many of the peer reviewed studies that have highlighted the importance of the 24/7 sobriety program.
The State of Montana announced its decision to create a pilot sobriety management program starting in May of 2010. The program was initiated in Lewis and Clark County (where state capitol Helena is located), and involves the Lewis and Clark County sheriff’s office, the Montana Highway Patrol, and city and county attorneys. In January, 2011, a bill (House Bill 106) to create a statewide 24/7 sobriety program was passed with support from both Democratic and Republican members of the Montana legislature. In late 2011, the statewide implementation of the 24/7 program was spearheaded by the Attorney General’s office.
At year end 2019, the program had 37 twice daily test sites, with other counties relying on remote alcohol sensing devices to perform their testing.
In March 2014, with the help of WASPC, the Centralia Police Department rolled out the initial 24/7 Sobriety program in the State of Washington. In an effort to expand the 24/7 statewide, WASPC generated guidelines for jurisdictions that wished to setup programs for their own.
Participants in the program, who have been arrested on charges of driving under the influence, are required to check in with the police department twice a day — in the morning and evening — for a breath test to confirm that they haven’t had any alcohol. The program is a condition of release from jail, both pre- and post-conviction, imposed on qualifying DUI offenders by Centralia Municipal Court.
In 2016, Sweetwater County initiated the first 24/7 Sobriety Program in Wyoming, Since that time Natrona, Freemont, Campbell and Sheridan counties have also implemented programs.
With a relatively small and widespread population base in Wyoming, participation has been strong, prompting additional counties to consider its use in 2020 and beyond.
Iowa – 24/7 Sobriety Program
Iowa is moving forward with a 24/7 Pilot program that is intended to not only implement a 24/7 sobriety program, but also offer the program in such a way that it will incentivize successful program participants to utilize Ignition Interlock Devices while on the 24/7 program and once they have left the 24/7 program. This symbiotic relationship between the two testing methodologies is an approach that is anticipated to positively impact traffic safety beyond what either of these already successful programs has been able to accomplish on its own.
Other 24/7 Sobriety Programs worth noting:
- Douglas County – Omaha
- Lancaster County – Lincoln
- North Dakota
- Weber County