If you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in Virginia, the fines and expenses you are ordered to pay to assist programs like the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP), a probation program that gives you alternatives to drug and/or alcohol dependence. VASAP focuses on education and a proactive approach for Virginia DUI offenders in Virginia, rather than punitive measures that can increase dependence on substances.
Virginia DUI offenders can expect to pay $250-$300 for VASAP, including an evaluation for placement inside the classes and/or different programs available, depending on the circumstances surrounding the conviction. You will also be required to install and maintain an ignition interlock device (IID). Both VASAP and IIDs are mandatory in Virginia, ensuring you are on the right track to a life where another DUI isn’t even a remote possibility.
There are five specific objectives in the program that provide comprehensive, rehabilitative services to residents and other DUI offenders. VASAP helps law enforcement with equipment and training, it provides probation services to assist with DUI adjudication and deferrals. Case managers help offenders directly, while the program continues to give the public information needed to make smart choices about drinking and driving. Finally, the program has internal evaluations to ensure all aspects are working well together and making a difference on our Virginia roads.
Other VASAP programs include:
- Alcohol or drug addiction treatment programs.
- Young DUI offender programs.
- Driver improvement and reckless driving education.
- First-time drug offender programs.
Recovering after a DUI can be a difficult road, which is why more states are using similar programs to keep drunk drivers from making another mistake. The alternatives to these programs (such as incarceration) have not proven to stop the cycle of habitual drunk driving, giving even more value to the overall process found in programs like VASAP.