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New study shows South Dakota's 24/7 Sobriety Program could lower death rates

Beau Kilmer
RAND Photography - Diane Baldwin
Beau Kilmer

This interview originally aired on In the Moment on SDPB Radio.

South Dakotans who meet certain requirements and are arrested for drunk driving or an alcohol-related offense are enrolled in the state's 24/7 Sobriety Program. The program requires frequent alcohol testing and enforces strict consequences for those who fail.

A new study shows participants in the program had a 50% lower chance of dying within five years compared to those arrested for drug driving who didn't participate.

Beau Kilmer, Ph.D., is a co-author of the study and co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. He joins In the Moment to discuss the study and how South Dakota is pioneering this unique program.

Lori Walsh is the host and senior producer of In the Moment.
Ellen Koester is a producer of In the Moment, SDPB's daily news and culture broadcast.