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Ohio’s Driver Intervention Program (DIP) is an alternative to the mandatory
three-day jail term that first-time offenders convicted of operating a
vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other drugs may attend
at the court’s discretion (as proscribed by Sections 1547.99 and
4511.19 of the Ohio Revised Code). Each DIP includes traffic
safety education on alcohol and other drug abuse and
addiction, and small group discussions. DIPs are a two- or
three-day process of education and screening, and may also
include a referral for a complete alcohol and other drug

Where are DIPs held?

As of Sept. 9, 2009, there are currently 173 DIPs operating
throughout the state of Ohio, usually in hotels, and all are
certified by the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services
(ODMHAS). DIP locations, dates and hours of operation
are available at most courthouses.

Paying for a DIP

Indigent offenders (those who receive forms of public assistance,
including, but not limited to, SSI, disability and Medicaid) may be
eligible for state assistance to help pay the fee for a DIP. To find out
more, please contact ODMHAS’ Chief Legal Counsel at (614) 728-5599.

Ohio’s DIP curriculum includes the following information:

Physical, psychological and social consequences of alcohol and other drug use•

Physiological and psychological effects of alcohol and other drugs on driving performance•

Blood alcohol content (BAC), drugs and the definition of legal impairment•

Symptoms of alcohol and other drug abuse•

The progressive nature of alcohol and other drug dependence•

Levels of license suspension and revocation•

Fines and levels of incarceration•

Treatment and self-help resources for alcohol and other drug addiction•