PIERRE, S.D. Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the State of South Dakota is continuing to see the ongoing success of the South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Program. Statewide statistics consistently show that participants are working to maintain sobriety through participation in this program.
The program, which was established in 2005 as a pilot program, began with a twice-a-day preliminary breath test. Since the inception, 4.22 million preliminary breath tests have been administered to 19,860 participants with a pass rate of 99.3 percent. In 2006, alcohol monitoring bracelets were introduced, 3,456 participants have been monitored for 494,692 days of which 77.3% were compliant. Other testing methods were introduced in 2007 including: (1) 50,420 urinalysis tests administered to 2,081 participants with a pass rate of 96.9 percent; (2) and 1,099 drug patch tests administered to 98 participants with a pass rate of 87.1%. On October 1, 2011, a pilot program commenced to include ignition interlock devices for vehicles.
“The 24/7 Sobriety Program continues to provide law enforcement with an additional mechanism to keep South Dakota highways and communities safer,” said Jackley. “In addition, the program is wholly self-sustaining without the use of tax revenue.”
If you need additional information about this program, contact Art Mabry, 24/7 Sobriety Program Coordinator at 605-202-0387.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Monday, November 7, 2011
CONTACT: Sara Rabern, (605) 773-3215