Driving Standards Agency to rethink drink drive rehab

Beer drinker

The Driving Standards Agency is to rethink the way the drink driving rehabilitation is implemented.

Plans to modernise the Drink-Drive Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) have been brought in to find new ways to re-educate convicted drivers.

Should they be fully implemented the new DDRS will feature more training and better access to the course for areas that are high risk when it comes to drink driving.

Financing the DDRS is to change as well. Currently the tax payer foots the bill for the course, whereas in future it will be the duty of the person taking part in the DDRS to cover the costs.
The DSA is aiming to reduce the number of re-offenders by thoroughly educating drink drivers on the possible consequences of driving while tanked.

Mike Penning, Road Safety Minister, commented: "Most drivers are safe and responsible but there is a reckless minority who put lives in danger by drink driving and those drivers need to be tackled effectively.

As well as taking action to help the police to deal with drink-drivers, we are looking at how we can reduce the likelihood of re-offending through improving the Drink-Drive Rehabilitation Scheme. Improving the way courses are delivered is a positive step towards achieving this and will help to ensure Britain's roads remain among the safest in the world."

Our advice? If you're planning on having an adult beverage or two (or three) leave your car at home. The best way to not get done for drink driving is not to drive.