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Sober Driver Program

The Sober Driver Program was developed by the Department of Corrective Services, NSW, in collaboration with the Motor Accidents Authority and the Roads and Traffic Authority.

The Sober Driver Program was introduced into Tasmanian Community Corrections in July 2008.

It has been designed specifically for repeat drink driving offenders who:

  • Are over the age of 18;
  • Have been convicted of two or more drink driving offences within a 5-year period;
  • Are subject to a community based order (e.g. a Community Correction Order);
  • Are directed to attend the program.

Up to 20 people may participate in each program, which consists of highly interactional group activities. Key features of the program are the:

  • Consequences of drink driving on the self and others;
  • Demands of safe driving;
  • Effect of alcohol and individual drink driving situations;
  • Management of drinking and driving situations;
  • Avoidance of relapse;
  • Completion of a 4-week drinking diary; and
  • Completion of a step-by-step program workbook (which contains information sheets relating to safe drinking levels).

How long is the program?

The standard Sober Driver Program is six weeks in duration.  Participants attend a three hour group session once a week.

There is a three week condensed program available for those who live in remote/rural areas and have limited access to transport, or those whose employment would be significantly impacted through attendance at the longer, six week program.  Participants attend a five hour group session once per week for three weeks.

People who are sentenced to attend and participate in the program may be breached if they do not attend or do not participate appropriately in individual and group program activities and exercises.  If someone is breached their case is returned to Court where the Magistrate may reconsider their sentence.