State DUI programs criticized

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

A recent report by the state auditor of public accounts revealed a range of problems in the way the state tries to educate and prevent drunken drivers from re-offending.

The report showed there is lax oversight within the system and insufficient technology tracking the programs' history and success rate as well to possible gaps in state DUI law.

In addition, the report showed the state may not be doing enough to help non-English-speaking drivers complete drunken driving education programs.

The 58-page document, released today by State Auditor Ed Hatchett's office, looks at how well the state Division of Substance Abuse oversees Kentucky's DUI service programs. The audit also looks at how well those programs are working.

Representatives from Hatchett's office could not be reached for further comment this morning.

The DUI programs have been in place since 1991 when the state legislature revamped the system, making alcohol education or treatment mandatory for those convicted of drunken driving.

Today, 96 such programs exist in Kentucky at 200 locations around the state. According to Hatchett's report, the organizations take in more than $10 million annually.

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