Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania
County of Allegheny
Pretrial Services | Alcohol Highway Safety Program

Alcohol Highway Safety Program Mission Statement

To combat the devastating effects of DUI and drug and alcohol abuse by actively engaging the community to affect change through prevention programs, public awareness activities, DUI enforcement events, and through the administration of the Pennsylvania Alcohol Highway Safety Program for Allegheny County. Through our efforts, we hope to create safer highways, healthier life styles, and save lives lost to DUI and drug and alcohol addictions.

The Alcohol Highway Safety Program administers a number of different programs in Allegheny County. The following is a list of services and a brief explanation on each division:

CRN is the Pennsylvania Alcohol Highway Safety Program’s Court Reporting Network. The principle purpose of CRN is to provide a computer assisted information system that links the various county DUI programs into a comprehensive statewide network that assists the DUI Coordinator for each county with a tool to plan, implement, and monitor their programs. As a result, our CRN Evaluation Services in Allegheny County have specific goals that will meet the standards established by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Anyone with a DUI conviction or an ARD DUI disposition must take a CRN evaluation.

The Allegheny County Ignition Interlock program was designed to respond to the passage of Act 63 0f 2000, which allowed for the installation of Ignition Interlock devices into the vehicles of DUI offenders. This law was modified with the passage of the current DUI legislation, ACT 24 of 2003. Ignition Interlock Services installs and monitors Ignition Interlock devices that are placed into motor vehicles, prohibiting individuals that are under the influence of alcohol from operating those vehicles. If the device detects alcohol, it will prevent the vehicle from starting. As a result, the Ignition Interlock Program has specific goals that meet the standards established by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

To take a systematic approach within the Alcohol Highway Safety Community of Allegheny County that creates an environment in which alcohol use and abuse is impacted. By using our resources, we bring a strong message that addresses the issues of alcohol prevention and intervention to help promote an environment that encourages healthy lifestyles. Whether it is through the use of staff or monies that are collected from DUI fees, we feel a powerful need to bring together all citizens of this county who are concerned about the ever- present dangers that irresponsible use of alcohol and illegal substances create. Together, we can collaborate with those who focus effectively on programming and ideas that help save lives.

The Alcohol Highway Safety School is an educational effort designed for the DUI offender, mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, that consists of a minimum of 12 ½ hours of mandatory instruction (Track I), 12 hours of group counseling (Track II), and 12 hours of group treatment (Track III). The intent of the school is to increase the offender’s knowledge and understanding of how drug and alcohol consumption effect driving, recognize all of the legal consequences, and to develop strategies that will enable them to avoid driving under the influence in the future. The goal of the program is to create an environment that fosters positive attitudes, encourages self-examination of their drug and alcohol use, and to accept responsibility for modifying their behavior.

The Alcohol Highway Safety School is divided into three (3) components that addresses these goals:

Track I:
12.5 hours of Safe Driving School Indicates that offender is not experiencing problems with alcohol or drugs;

Track II:
12 hours of outpatient counseling. Indications are that offender is experiencing identifiable problem with alcohol, but has not reached a critical stage;

Track III:
12 hours of group treatment: Indications are that offender is experiencing serious problems with their alcohol use.