The Alcohol Safety Traffic Offenders Program (ASTOP) in Lima, OH, which provided those convicted of their first DUI’s the option to attend three days of treatment instead of the three-day minimum jail sentence, is closing shop, for reasons currently unannounced. ASTOP was an option, if offenders did not test more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 blood-alcohol content.
According to LimaOhio.com, offenders are now being referred to programs in Sidney and Findlay, OH, where offenders:
- Must pay for the program, which costs between $350 and $450.
- Must stay in a motel for the three days.
- Can still choose to spend the time in jail.
- Must successfully complete the treatment program or the jail sentence will be enforced.
- Must successfully complete the treatment program in order for the jail sentences to be suspended.
When it comes to drinking and driving, alcohol treatment programs vary state-by-state. Virginia, for example, has VASAP (Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program) which assigns offenders case managers, who decided the treatment protocol. Pennsylvania offers offenders AHSS (Alcohol Highway Safety School) in which offenders must self-pay for over twelve hours of educational DUI coursework.
It’s so unfortunate that ASTOP is closing its doors to treatment. Do you think programs like Ohio’s ASTOP should continue to be in effect, or do the requirements listed above sound unreasonable?