Alcohol Education Program
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Definition - What does Alcohol Education Program mean?
Alcohol education programs (AEP) may be required for drivers who are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The goal of an alcohol education program is to provide rehabilitation for drivers who have been convicted for DUI. Drivers are commonly required to take an alcohol education program if they are referred by the District Court Judge, referred by the Administrative Law Judge during an administrative license revocation hearing or if they are requesting to have their license reinstated after their license was revoked for a DUI conviction.
Alcohol education programs will provide information to the driver to educate them on their level of alcohol dependence. Drivers who are identified as "alcohol abusers" or dependent on alcohol may, in some states, have to complete a more comprehensive and extended alcohol education program. Common topics covered in alcohol education programs include:
- The extent of a driver's alcohol addiction and whether the AEP program is the appropriate program.
- The effects of alcohol and drugs on the driver's ability to safely operate a motorized vehicle.
- The legal and personal ramifications for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and a DUI conviction.
- The methods drivers can use to avoid drinking and driving.
- The need for the driver to accept responsibility for their actions.
- The steps necessary to avoid repeating their behavior.
- The steps which should be taken by the individual to ensure they make healthier lifestyle choices.
Drivers who refuse to complete their alcohol education program may have their license suspended and must surrender their drivers license. Fees for alcohol education courses may vary and are generally paid directly to the alcohol education provider. Unfortunately, there is generally an additional charge to request a new driver's license.
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