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TO DRINK IS TO DRIVE: ASSESSING MONTANA'S MULTIPLE OFFENDER DRUNK DRIVERS FOR PREVENTION STRATEGIES

Presenter Information

Kimberly Spurzem

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Poster

Abstract

The purpose of this research study was to perform a qualitative analysis of previously gathered data from 201 felony offender drunk drivers currently incarcerated by the Department of Corrections in Montana, in either the Montana State Men’s Prison, the Montana State Women’s Prison, or the Warm Springs Addiction Treatment and Change Program (WATCh) at two locations: East and West. The data for this project was collected from focus group interview dialog transcripts with individuals who had 5 or more DUI’s (multiple felony offenders). This study focused on 229 pages of focus group dialog. The data was reviewed and analyzed for thematic similarities using content analysis to identify key prevention strategies as identified by offenders. The goal of completing a secondary analysis on this data was to provide a report to the Montana state legislature. The research process for this project was used to empower multiple offender drunk drivers to use their experiences and insight to advocate for their prevention ideas to better inform the legislative process. This is crucial since Montana currently has the highest fatality rate of all 50 states and the Montana legislature is currently attempting to amend the laws to reduce the amount of DUI’s in the state.

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TO DRINK IS TO DRIVE: ASSESSING MONTANA'S MULTIPLE OFFENDER DRUNK DRIVERS FOR PREVENTION STRATEGIES

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The purpose of this research study was to perform a qualitative analysis of previously gathered data from 201 felony offender drunk drivers currently incarcerated by the Department of Corrections in Montana, in either the Montana State Men’s Prison, the Montana State Women’s Prison, or the Warm Springs Addiction Treatment and Change Program (WATCh) at two locations: East and West. The data for this project was collected from focus group interview dialog transcripts with individuals who had 5 or more DUI’s (multiple felony offenders). This study focused on 229 pages of focus group dialog. The data was reviewed and analyzed for thematic similarities using content analysis to identify key prevention strategies as identified by offenders. The goal of completing a secondary analysis on this data was to provide a report to the Montana state legislature. The research process for this project was used to empower multiple offender drunk drivers to use their experiences and insight to advocate for their prevention ideas to better inform the legislative process. This is crucial since Montana currently has the highest fatality rate of all 50 states and the Montana legislature is currently attempting to amend the laws to reduce the amount of DUI’s in the state.