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The Hardcore Drunk Driver

A serious problem affecting every community

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.

Hardcore Drunk Driver Resources

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

Resistant Behavior:

  • 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

Societal Impact:

  • 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.

Tampa Bay Monitoring provides SCRAMx bracelets throughout Pinellas county including Clearwater, Odessa, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, and Tarpon Springs.


For sixteen years I have tried to be sober on my own. In sixteen years, I have never lasted a week. I was sober for six months while on the SCRAM program. Three weeks after the program, I began drinking again. Now I wear SCRAM voluntarily.

Sources: https://www.scramsystems.com/resources/hardcore-drunk-driver/
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).

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