A Hard Core Drunk Driver (HCDD) is someone who drives with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or above or who drives drunk repeatedly–as demonstrated by having more than one drunk driving arrest. These individuals are highly resistant to changing their behavior despite previous sanctions, treatment or education efforts.
Common Characteristics of a Hard Core Drunk Driver
Arrest and Sentencing Record:
- A driver with multiple DUI arrests and convictions (1/3 of all drivers arrested and adjudicated are repeat offenders)
- A driver with a high BAC (.15 or above) at the time of arrest
- A driver with, on average, more than 7 DUI convictions
- Drives frequently (at least once a month) with a 0.15 BAC or above
- Is highly resistant to behavioral change despite previous sanctions, treatment, or education
- Has a personal history of alcohol abuse or dependence
- Is more likely to have family members who drive drunk and model that behavior
- Believes they can drive safely after consuming large quantities of alcohol
- Drivers who report driving drunk a “few times” per month. Some report driving drunk every day.
- Are responsible for 2 out of 3 alcohol-related fatalities
- Drive drunk an average of 90 times before their first DUI arrest.
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility National Hardcore Drunk Driver Project, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF).