THOUSAND OAKS, CA
1. Briefly describe the structure of the program.
The Thousand Oaks (CA) Police Departmentís "Driving Under the Influence" (D.U.I.) Program targets young adults in high school. The presentation of this program takes place in an assembly where a mock traffic accident is set up portraying a person driving while under the influence. The presentation is narrated by one person.
2. When was the program created and why?
This program was created many years ago, but has been rejuvenated and reformed to better inform the young adults that are being targeted. The main reason for creation of this recent program was to inform young adults about the reality and loss that D.U.I. can and will inflict on those who are affected as suspects and/or victims.
3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?
We are doing more and more presentations as time goes by. The requests for these presentations are growing, especially around the end of the school year. It is unknown if there is any one known way to measure its effectiveness in changes in the number of D.U.I. related accidents involving teen drivers.
4. How is the program financed?
The program is normally a collateral assignment for a Thousand Oaks Police Department sworn officer, with limited overtime allowed for preparation. There is no special financing for this program.
5. How is the community involved in the program?
This program is presented at our local high schools. All students, teachers and parents are invited. Representatives from the Police Department, Fire Department, local ambulance personnel, County Coronerís Office and a variety of other entities participate in order to make the presentation as real as possible.
6. What are the major lessons learned from the program?
The major lesson in this program is that there is no excuse for D.U.I. when those involved have been educated and informed. It is the goal of the program to at least present and inform the young adults to the reality and loss involved.
7. Contact person:
Deputy Daniel Ambarian
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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