If you are facing a DWI in Missouri, or you have already been convicted of driving while intoxicated in the state, you know you have a long road to recovery. There are court costs and fines to pay, a potential ignition interlock requirement and you also have to complete the Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP) before you can even think of trying to reinstate your driver’s license. SATOP is there to help you get back on the road after your DWI, and when you are open to the process, the program can seem like the easiest way to get back in the driver’s seat.
Most of the states with post-DWI programs like the SATOP provide the programs for public safety reasons – if you are treated for and educated about your drunk driving mistake, the odds are you won’t take that chance in the future. The SATOP program in Missouri addresses all levels of substance abuse and problems with alcohol or other drugs, helping you realize where you went wrong when you chose to drink and drive and how to make better choices in the future. Even minors under the age of 21 are eligible for the program, giving everyone a chance to learn from those mistakes that could have cost lives.
Changing behaviors is a more effective method to keeping the streets safe from drunk drivers than just telling them not to drink and drive. Whether those behaviors are changed through the use of an ignition interlock device or through the education and intervention channels of programs like Missouri’s SATOP, the end result should be the same: less drunk drivers on the road and an understanding of how to make better choices when the time comes to find a way home.