The Drinking Driver Program (DDP) is part of New York State’s effort to reduce the personal and property losses caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The DDP helps the participants examine the arrest experience and the reason for their arrest. It also helps them learn to make appropriate driving decisions for the future. During the DDP introductory session, participants are asked to consider the reasons and goals of the program, and its requirements for completion. Under the guidance of the director and staff, the participants discuss the social, medical, legal, and driver safety problems caused by alcohol and other drug abuse. The program includes classroom education, screening, and evaluation and treatment if warranted.

As a DDP participant, you must attend all seven weekly classroom sessions. Each session takes 2 to 3 hours, for a total of 16 hours. When you satisfactorily complete the classroom sessions, your involvement in the DDP will end, UNLESS the program refers you for a formal evaluation, and any resulting treatment.

LEAF provides this 16-hour course for those convicted of a drinking-driving offense. Sessions are designed to develop healthy decision-making and modify attitude and unsafe driving habits. Most participants are eligible for conditional driving privileges.

For more information on the Otsego County Drinking Driver Program, please contact:
Gail Rowley, Administrator
607-432-0090, Ext. 119