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PROPOSED RULEMAKING

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

[67 PA. CODE CH. 94]

Alcohol Highway Safety Schools and Driving Under the Influence Program Coordinators

[34 Pa.B. 4705]

   The Department of Transportation (Department), Bureau of Highway Safety and Traffic Engineering, under 75 Pa.C.S. §§ 1549 and 6103 (relating to establishment of schools; and promulgation of rules and regulations), proposes to adopt Chapter 94 (relating to alcohol highway safety school and driving under the influence program coordinators), to read as set forth in Annex A.

Purpose of this Chapter

   The purpose of Chapter 94 is to implement 75 Pa.C.S. § 1549(b) which requires each county, multicounty judicial district or group of counties combined under a single driving under the influence (DUI) program to establish and maintain a course of instruction regarding the problems associated with alcohol or controlled substance use, or both, and driving.

Purpose of this Proposed Rulemaking

   The purpose of this proposed rulemaking is to provide rules and procedures for the establishment and ongoing operation of Alcohol Highway Safety Schools (AHSS) in each county, multicounty judicial district or group of counties combined under a single DUI program within this Commonwealth. This chapter establishes uniform curriculum standards for an AHSS as well as rules governing the selection, training, certification and recertification of AHSS instructors. Additionally, this rulemaking establishes procedures governing the appointment of DUI program coordinators for each county, multicounty judicial district or group of counties combined under a single DUI program within this Commonwealth.

   This proposed rulemaking has been developed with the cooperation of the Pennsylvania DUI Association. DUI program coordinators, court reporting network evaluators, AHSS instructors, adult and juvenile probation officers, single county authorities, drug and alcohol program administrators, district magistrates, common pleas court judges and police officers have aided in the development of these regulations. The knowledge gleaned from the experiences of such a diverse group has also helped to create a standardized curriculum for an AHSS, thereby further assuring that the goals of an AHSS can better be realized with some uniformity. This proposed rulemaking also serves to codify informally adopted existing rules and procedures, which have been implemented since the beginning of the Commonwealth's Alcohol Highway Safety Countermeasure System (AHSCS) in 1978.

   Each AHSS has been established to educate participants concerning the effects of alcohol or controlled substance use on an individual's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle on Commonwealth highways. Moreover, each AHSS endeavors to provide participants with insights into the overall effects of alcohol-related behavior, as those effects apply to the participant's home and work environment. The goal of the AHSS is to encourage positive behavioral outcomes, which will contribute to a decreased likelihood of the participants operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. This proposed rulemaking also outlines provisions for administering both oral and written notification of possible fine and imprisonment to every AHSS participant regarding the consequences of driving a motor vehicle while their operating privilege is suspended or revoked.

Summary of Significant Provisions

   Section 94.3(a) (relating to general requirements and objectives) provides that each county, multicounty judicial district or group of counties combined under a single DUI program is to establish and maintain an AHSS which follows a uniform curriculum, is taught by certified AHSS instructors, has sufficient classroom space and provides participants with notification of possible fine and imprisonment under 75 Pa.C.S. § 1543(b) (relating to driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked). Subsection (a) also requires each county, multicounty judicial district or a group of counties combined under a single DUI program to appoint a DUI program coordinator to oversee the administration of the AHSS. Section 94.3(b) provides that the objectives of the AHSS are to include, but not be limited to, providing students with a basic knowledge and understanding of alcohol and controlled substances and their effects, alcoholism and addiction, and highway safety, which will encourage a positive change in the students' attitude concerning driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

   Section 94.5 (relating to curriculum) provides the content requirements and specific objectives for the AHSS curriculum and requires that the AHSS contain at least 12 1/2 hours of instruction.

   Section 94.6 (relating to AHSS approval; revocation and refusal of approval) provides the process for obtaining Department approval of an AHSS as well as for the refusal or revocation of approval of an AHSS. The section provides that DUI program coordinators with an existing AHSS have 12 months from the effective date of these regulations to apply for a letter of approval. The section provides that the letter of approval has a term of 24 months and must be renewed before expiration in order for the AHSS to continue in operation. This section authorizes the Department or its designee to visit and inspect any AHSS operating within the Commonwealth and to revoke or refuse to issue an AHSS letter of approval if the AHSS is not in compliance with the provisions of this chapter or with a Department directive issued pursuant to an on-site visit of an AHSS.

   Section 94.9 (relating to notification of possible fine and imprisonment) sets forth the procedures for providing written and oral notice of the provisions 75 Pa.C.S. § 1543(b), to be given to all AHSS participants during their first session of AHSS. This section specifies the wording of the notice to be given and requires the participant's signed acknowledgement that the notice was given.

   Section 94.10 (relating to AASS instructor qualification, selection, certification and recertification) provides for the qualification and certification of AHSS instructor candidates. The section requires that instructors be at least 21 years of age, possess a valid driver's license, have obtained a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, attend a 2-day instructor certification training workshop and score 85% or better on tests, and student teach a complete AHSS class cycle under supervision of the DUI program coordinator. This section also requires instructor recertification every 2 years and includes continuing education requirements. The section also requires that the DUI program coordinator monitor every AHSS instructor during one complete 12 1/2 hour AHSS course cycle during the last 12 months of the AHSS instructor's certification period.

   Section 94.12 (relating to DUI program coordinators) provides, in subsection (a), that each county, multicounty judicial district or group of counties combined under a single DUI program shall have a DUI program coordinator. Subsection (b) gives the president judge the authority to appoint a DUI program coordinator. Subsection (c) requires that candidates for the DUI program coordinator position either have a bachelor's degree with a major in business administration, business management, chemical addictions, criminal justice, public administration, psychology, sociology, social sciences, social work, education or other closely related field or be able to demonstrate at least 2 years of related management or administrative experience or any suitable combination of education or relevant experience. Subsection (d) delineates the DUI program coordinator's responsibilities, which consist of:

   (1)  Acting as a liaison between the county, multicounty judicial district or group of counties combined under a single DUI program and the Department to help plan, implement and monitor all DUI related activities.

   (2)  Providing all DUI services described in the Vehicle Code.

   (3)  Recommending candidates for certification as AHSS instructors.

   (4)  Supervising AHSS instructor candidates.

   (5)  Insuring that all AHSS instructors are currently certified.

   (6)  Maintaining documentation of all currently certified AHSS instructors.

   (7)  Submitting any data and information requested to the Department of Transportation.

   (8)  Attending AHSS instructor certification workshops.

   (9)  Earning 12 credits every 2 years. Subsection (e) provides for Department sanctions for coordinator misconduct.

Persons and Entities Affected

   This proposed rulemaking affect all persons who are convicted of violating 75 Pa.C.S. § 3802 (relating to driving under influence of alcohol or controlled substance) and former § 3731 (relating to driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance) required to attend an AHSS under 75 Pa.C.S. § 1548(b). This proposed rulemaking also affects court of common pleas judges, county adult and juvenile probation officers, district attorneys, DUI program coordinators, AHSS instructors, candidates for certification as AHSS instructors and every county, multicounty judicial district or group of counties combined under a single DUI program within this Commonwealth. Any other private, for-profit or nonprofit business entity that is contracted by a county, multicounty judicial district or group of counties combined under a single DUI program for the purpose of operating an AHSS is also affected by this proposed rulemaking.

Fiscal Impact

   This proposed rulemaking will not require the expenditure of any additional funds by the Commonwealth since the Pennsylvania AHSCS has been operational since 1978. The Federal Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration administers the State and Community Highway Safety Program that is funded in accordance with 23 U.S.C.A. § 402. The purpose of these funds is to provide Federal financial assistance to State agencies and local political sub-divisions' highway safety programs, which are designed to reduce incidences of driving after drinking, alcohol or controlled substance, or both, related crashes and the fatalities, injuries and property damage resulting from these crashes. These Federal funds also support the Department program managers who monitor and provide technical assistance to the local AHSCS. Further, although the regulations require every county, multicounty judicial district or group of counties combined under a single DUI program to establish and maintain a local AHSCS, each system is designed to be self-supporting. Each AHSCS includes a DUI program coordinator and an AHSS. Every county, multicounty judicial district or group of counties combined under a single DUI program currently has an operational AHSS that is self-supporting. DUI offenders who are court ordered to attend an AHSS are responsible under 75 Pa.C.S. § 1548(e) to pay the cost of attending an AHSS. Each AHSS program's board of directors or county commissioners independently sets the fee for attending the AHSS. Fees are also approved by the president judge of the court of common pleas in the county where the AHSS is located. AHSS fees completely offset any costs incurred in the operation of a local AHSCS, thereby rendering the AHSCS self-supporting.

Regulatory Review

   Under section 5(a) of the Regulatory Review Act (71 P. S. § 745.5(a)), on August 17, 2004, the Department submitted a copy of this proposed rulemaking to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) and to the Chairpersons of the House and Senate Transportation Committees. In addition to submitting the proposed rulemaking, the agency has provided IRRC and the Committees with a copy of a detailed Regulatory Analysis Form. A copy of this material is available to the public upon request.

   Under section 5(g) of the Regulatory Review Act, IRRC may convey any comments, recommendations or objections to the proposed regulations within 30 days of the close of the public comment period. The comments, recommendations or objections shall specify the regulatory review criteria that have not been met. The Regulatory Review Act specifies detailed procedures for review, prior to final publication of the regulation, by the Department, the General Assembly and the Governor of comments recommendation, or objections.

Sunset Date

   The Department is not establishing a sunset date for these regulations, since these regulations are needed to administer provisions required by 75 Pa.C.S. (relating to the Vehicle Code). The Department, however, will continue to closely monitor these regulations for their effectiveness.

Public Comments

   Interested persons are invited to submit written comments, suggestions or objections regarding the proposed rulemaking to Louis R. Rader, Bureau of Highway Safety and Traffic Engineering, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, 6th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0064, within 30 days of publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Contact Person

   The contact person is Louis Rader, Manager, Pennsylvania Alcohol Highway Safety Program, Bureau of Highway Safety and Traffic Engineering, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, 6th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0064, (717) 787-6853.

ALLEN D. BIEHLER, P.E.   
Secretary

   Fiscal Note: 18-377. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.

Annex A

TITLE 67. TRANSPORTATION

PART I. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

SUBPART A. VEHICLE CODE PROVISIONS

ARTICLE IV. LICENSING

CHAPTER 94. ALCOHOL HIGHWAY SAFETY SCHOOLS AND DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE PROGRAM COORDINATORS

Sec.

94.1.Purpose.
94.2.Definitions.
94.3.General requirements and objectives.
94.4.Mandatory attendance.
94.5.Curriculum.
94.6.AHSS approval; revocation and refusal of approval.
94.7.Conduct of courses.
94.8.Student records.
94.9.Notification of possible fine and imprisonment.
94.10.AHSS instructor qualification, selection, certification and recertification.
94.11.Suspension or revocation of certification.
94.12.DUI program coordinators.
94.13.Confidentiality.
94.14.Cost.

§ 94.1. Purpose.

   The purpose of this chapter is to implement 75 Pa.C.S. § 1549(b) (relating to establishment of schools), which requires every county, multicounty judicial district or group of counties combined under a single DUI program to establish and maintain a course of instruction regarding the problems associated with alcohol or controlled substance use and driving.

§ 94.2. Definitions.

   The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   AHSCS--Alcohol Highway Safety Countermeasure System--A system of deterrence, prevention and intervention strategies used in combination with drug and alcohol treatment programs and legal sanctions to combat DUI.

   AHSS--Alcohol Highway Safety School--A structured educational program with a standardized curriculum to teach DUI offenders about the problems of alcohol and drug use and driving. Attendance at which is mandatory for all convicted DUI first and second offenders and for every person placed on ARD or other preliminary disposition as a result of an arrest for violation of 75 Pa.C.S. § 3802 (relating to driving under influence of alcohol or controlled substance).

   ARD--Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition--A pretrial diversion program which offers a person arrested for DUI the opportunity to earn dismissal of the charges, provided the person agrees to certain conditions.

   Alcohol--Ethanol or ethyl alcohol.

   CRN--Court Reporting Network--A uniform prescreening evaluation procedure for all DUI offenders to aid and support clinical treatment recommendations offered to the judiciary, prior to sentencing.

   Controlled substance--Any substance so defined or classified under:

   (i)  The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act (35 P. S. §§ 780-101--780-143).

   (ii)  Section 102(6) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C.A.§ 802(6)).

   (iii)  21 CFR Part 1308.11--1308.15 (relating to schedules of controlled substances).

   (iv)  Any revisions to subparagraphs (ii) or (iii) which are published by the Department of Health as notices in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

   DUI--Driving under the influence--Driving, operating or being in actual physical control of the movement of any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance to a degree which renders the person incapable of safe driving as prohibited and punishable under 75 Pa.C.S. §§ 3802, 3803 and 3804 (relating to driving under influence of alcohol or controlled substance; grading; and penalties).

   DUI program coordinator--An individual who serves as the liaison between a county, multicounty judicial district, or group of counties combined under a single DUI program and the Department of Transportation or its designee.

   Department--The Department of Transportation of the Commonwealth.

§ 94.3. General requirements and objectives.

   (a)  General requirements. Each county, multicounty judicial district, or group of counties combined under a single DUI program shall establish and maintain an AHSS which provides a course of instruction regarding problems associated with the use of alcohol and controlled substances, and driving. The school program must include the following:

   (1)  A uniform curriculum as further prescribed by § 94.5 (relating to curriculum), which has as its objective to educate students concerning the following:

   (i)  The relationship of the use of alcohol or controlled substances, or both, to highway safety.

   (ii)  The effects of the use of alcohol or controlled substances, or both, on social relationships and the family.

   (iii)  The effects of the use of alcohol or controlled substances, or both, on economic functioning.

   (iv)  The availability of alcohol and substance abuse programs and counseling.

   (2)  AHSS instructors who are trained, certified and recertified as prescribed in § 94.10 (relating to AHSS instructor qualification selection, certification and recertification).

   (3)  A means of notifying all AHSS students, both orally and in writing, of the provisions of 75 Pa.C.S. § 1543(b) (relating to driving while operating privileges are suspended or revoked).

   (4)  A DUI program coordinator as specified in § 94.12 (relating to DUI program coordinators).

   (5)  Classroom space that is conducive to learning, and which is of adequate size to accommodate a maximum of 50 people. The maximum number of students per class may not exceed 25. A building that houses an AHSS classroom must have all of the appropriate local certificate of occupancy permits.

   (b)  Objectives. The AHSS must provide students with a basic knowledge and understanding of alcohol and controlled substances and their effects on metabolism and judgment, alcoholism and drug addiction, as well as highway safety, to encourage a positive change in the students' attitude concerning driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

§ 94.4. Mandatory attendance.

   Every person convicted of a first or second offense violation of 75 Pa.C.S. § 3802 (relating to driving under influence of alcohol or controlled substance), or placed on ARD or other preliminary disposition as a result of an alleged violation of 75 Pa.C.S. § 3802, shall be required to attend, pay all costs and successfully complete an approved AHSS program whether it be as a part of sentencing, as a condition of parole or probation or as a part of ARD, in accordance with 75 Pa.C.S. § 3807 (relating to accelerated rehabilitative disposition).

§ 94.5 Curriculum.

   (a)  The AHSS curriculum must consist of a minimum of 12 1/2 hours of instruction and include the following core components:

   (1)  Component one. Component one must introduce the course content, rules, regulations and requirements for successful completion. Administration of the knowledge inventory and an overview of the Commonwealth's health/legal approach to implementation of an AHSCS shall be presented. The instructional objectives must include:

   (i)  Providing an understanding of the purpose of the AHSS.

   (ii)  Explaining the rules, regulations and expectations to the participants for successful completion of the program, as well as the consequences of failure to comply with the rules.

   (iii)  Creating a classroom environment, that fosters active participation and appropriate structure.

   (iv)  Providing an understanding of the Pennsylvania AHSCS.

   (v)  Explaining the role of AHSS as a part of the AHSCS.

   (vi)  Examining Pennsylvania laws regarding DUI.

   (vii)  Establishing the relationship between driving after drinking alcohol or using drugs, and automobile crashes.

   (2)  Component two. Component two must address basic drug and alcohol information. How drugs and alcohol affect the human body should be presented in an uncomplicated manner. Information about alcohol and drugs that are more frequently combined with driving shall be emphasized during this component. The instructional objectives must include:

   (i)  Understanding the physiological process of drug and alcohol absorption, metabolism and elimination.

   (ii)  Examination of the effects of drugs and alcohol on the central nervous system, judgment, muscular control and vision.

   (iii)  Explanation of behavioral changes associated with the consumption of alcohol and various drugs.

   (iv)  Description of tests for determining the presence of alcohol and drugs in the human body.

   (3)  Component three. The focus of this component must be to examine how alcohol and drug use affects driving decisions and skills. This component also must provide the opportunity to explore the DUI arrest as a possible warning sign of a substance abuse problem. Characteristics of alcohol and drug abuse and addiction must be discussed during this component. The instructional objectives must include:

   (i)  Examination of how alcohol and drug use affects driving skills.

   (ii)  Recognition that a DUI arrest may be a warning sign of a substance abuse problem.

   (iii)  Understanding the characteristics of alcohol and drug abuse and addiction.

   (4)  Component four. Component four must provide students the opportunity to further examine alcohol and drug abuse, addiction and the broad impact of a DUI arrest on family, friends and employment. Local drug and alcohol counseling and treatment services must be identified. The instructional objectives must include:

   (i)  Recognition of the impact of a DUI arrest on family, employment and friends.

   (ii)  Understanding the disruption that alcohol and drug abuse has on one's lifestyle.

   (iii)  Recognition of the value of family as a support system.

   (iv)  Identification of local drug and alcohol counseling and treatment services.

   (v)  Recognition of the importance of alcohol and drug abstinence for some individuals.

   (5)  Component five. The final component must address the need for each course participant to develop realistic plans to avoid future DUI behavior. Evaluation of AHSS content and quality of instruction must occur at the conclusion of the component. The instructional objectives must include:

   (i)  Identification of realistic steps to prevent a future DUI.

   (ii)  Measurement of any knowledge gained or attitudinal changes among participants since the inception of the class.

   (iii)  Reinforcement of the purpose, availability and locale of treatment or counseling services, or both.

   (iv)  Provisions of an opportunity to evaluate the AHSS and the instructor.

§ 94.6. AHSS approval; revocation and refusal of approval.

   (a)  General requirement. Prior to the operation of an AHSS, the DUI program coordinator or the coordinator's designee shall apply to the Department or its designee, for a letter of approval for each AHSS in the county, multicounty judicial district, or group of counties combined under a single DUI program.

   (1)  An AHSS which is fully operational on ______ (Editor's Note: The blank refers to the effective date of adoption of this proposal.) shall be permitted 12 months from that date to obtain a letter of approval.

   (2)  An AHSS must comply with this chapter to receive a letter of approval. Failure to comply will result in notification to the appropriate court officials, including the president judge and the court administrator, of the failure to comply.

   (3)  Application for a letter of approval must be made using forms and procedures prescribed by the Department or its designee.

   (b)  Expiration of approval. The approval of an AHSS will expire 24 months from the date of issuance of the approval letter, unless a request to renew a letter of approval is filed by the DUI program coordinator or the coordinator's designee 6 months prior to the lapse.

   (c)  Entry and inspection. The Department or its designee will have the right to enter upon the premises and inspect an AHSS at any time for the purpose of determining compliance with this chapter. The Department will have free access to the records of the AHSS and all of its students' records, not covered under confidentiality laws or regulations, including § 94.13 (relating to confidentiality), as part of the entry and inspection process.

   (d)  Revocation or refusal. The Department or its designee may revoke or refuse to issue a letter of approval to operate an AHSS for any of the following:

   (1)  Failure to comply with any provision of this chapter.

   (2)  Failure to comply with a directive issued by the Department or its designee following an onsite inspection of an AHSS.

   (3)  Failure to comply with a directive issued by the Department or its designee as a condition of approval or renewal of a letter of approval.

   (e)  Corrective measures. Each county, multicounty, judicial district or group of counties combined under a single DUI program shall have 6 months to satisfy directives or conditions issued by the Department or its designee to meet approval to operate an AHSS.

   (f)  No operation without approval. An AHSS may not operate without a currently valid letter of approval from the Department, except as specified in this section or as otherwise directed, in writing, by the Department.

§ 94.7. Conduct of courses.

   (a)  Attendance. AHSS students shall complete the AHSS classroom instruction, as described in § 94.5 (relating to curriculum).

   (b)  Repeating AHSS courses. AHSS students shall repeat the entire AHSS curriculum if they do not satisfy the requirements of subsection (a), except that, with approval of the AHSS instructor, a student may be excused for one component, but not the first component. A student excused from attendance at a component will be required to attend that component during the next available AHSS. If the student fails to attend that component at the subsequent AHSS, the student will be required to repeat the entire curriculum.

   (c)  Scheduling. Whenever possible AHSS classes will be scheduled at times that do not conflict with the work schedules of the majority of the students, with classes scheduled for evenings and weekends, if appropriate.

   (d)  Break periods. Each component of AHSS classroom instruction will have a 15-minute break period or recess, which may not be counted toward the 12 1/2 hour requirement.

§ 94.8. Student records.

   The DUI program coordinator or the coordinator's designee shall keep a complete student record on file for every student attending an AHSS.

   (1)  Content of student records. A student record must include:

   (i)  A summary of fees remitted or payments made in conjunction with the AHSS.

   (ii)  Record of the student's attendance.

   (iii)  Court referral documentation or referral recommendations, or both.

   (iv)  Any correspondence related to the student.

   (v)  A copy of the 75 Pa.C.S. § 1543(b)(1) (relating to driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked) notification that is signed and dated by the student.

   (2)  Custody of AHSS student records. The DUI program coordinator or the coordinator's designee shall maintain all AHSS student records.

§ 94.9. Notification of possible fine and imprisonment.

   AHSS instructors shall provide oral and written notice of the provisions of 75 Pa. C.S. § 1543(b) (relating to driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked) to all AHSS students during the first component of AHSS, in the following manner:

   (1)  Two copies of a written notice provided in this section shall be distributed to every student during the first component.

   (2)  The notice shall be read aloud by the AHSS instructor in the presence of all the AHSS students in attendance.

   (3)  All AHSS students shall sign and date both copies of the notice.

   (4)  The AHSS instructor shall collect one copy of the signed and dated notice from each AHSS student.

   (5)  The AHSS instructor shall file the signed and dated copy of the notice in each AHSS student's record.

   (6)  The written notice must state the following:

You are hereby notified that, either as a result of your conviction for DUI, or as a condition of acceptance of ARD, Section 1543(b) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, Title 75, Vehicles (Vehicle Code) now applies to you.
Section 1543(b) provides that any person who drives a motor vehicle on any highway or trafficway of this Commonwealth at a time when their operating privilege is suspended or revoked either--
(1)  as a condition of acceptance of Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition,
(2)  for a violation of Section 3802 or the former section 3731 (relating to driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance),
(3)  because of a violation of section 1547(b)(1) (relating to suspension for refusal) or
(4)  suspended under section 1581 (relating to Driver's License Compact) for an offense substantially similar to a violation of section 3802 or former section 3731--
shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a summary offense, and shall be sentenced to pay a fine of $500 and be imprisoned for a period of not less than 60 days nor more than 90 days.
In addition to the penalty above, any person who drives a motor vehicle on any highway or trafficway of the Commonwealth when their operating privilege is suspended or revoked for any of the reasons noted above, AND whose blood alcohol by weight is equal to or greater than 0.02% at the time of testing OR whose blood has any amount of a Schedule I or non prescribed Schedule II or III controlled substance or its metabolite at the time of testing--
(1)  for the first conviction shall be guilty of a summary offense and shall be sentenced to pay a fine of $1,000 and be imprisoned for a period of not less than 90 days.
(2)  for a second conviction shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree and shall be sentenced to pay a fine of $2,500 and be imprisoned for a period of not less than six months.
(3)  for a third or subsequent conviction shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree and shall be sentenced to pay a fine of $5,000 and be imprisoned for a period of not less than two years.
These provisions shall apply whether the person is currently serving a suspension, whether the effective date of the suspension or revocation has been deferred, or otherwise until the person has had his/her operating privilege restored. They shall also apply to a revocation under the habitual offenders provisions of section 1542 if any of the enumerated offenses was for a violation of section 3802 or former section 3731 or a substantially similar out of state offense under section 1581.
This signature verifies that I have read and understood the above and have been notified verbally of the consequences of violating Section 1543(b) of the Vehicle Code (75 Pa.C.S. § 1543(b).

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(Signature)

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(Date)

§ 94.10. AHSS instructor qualification, selection, certification and recertification

   (a)  Qualifications. Candidates for AHSS instructor certification shall meet the following qualifications and requirements. The candidate shall:

   (1)  Be at least 21 years of age.

   (2)  Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

   (3)  Possess a valid driver's license.

   (4)  Attend and observe the teaching of a complete 12 1/2 hour AHSS course cycle by a certified AHSS instructor.

   (5)  Be sponsored by the DUI program coordinator or the coordinator's designee of the county, multicounty, judicial district or group of counties combined under a single DUI program, in which the candidate will be instructing.

   (b)  Submission of the names of qualified candidates. The sponsoring DUI program coordinator or the coordinator's designee shall submit a list of the names of qualified candidates to the Department or its designee utilizing forms and procedures prescribed by the Department or its designee.

   (c)  AHSS instructor certification. Candidates who are accepted into the AHSS instructor certification process shall complete the following requirements before certification. A candidate shall:

   (1)  Participate in an approved 2-day AHSS Instructor Certification Training Workshop sponsored by the Department.

   (2)  Teach a full AHSS curriculum, as prescribed in § 94.5 (relating to curriculum), while under the direct supervision of the DUI program coordinator or the coordinator's designee. The DUI program coordinator or the coordinator's designee shall administer pretests and posttests to the AHSS students. The instructor candidate shall document the results of these tests by using standardized reporting forms issued by the Department or its designee.

   (3)  Document compliance with the uniform AHSS curriculum by the submission of a course outline meeting the minimum core components described in § 94.5 or on standardized forms as deemed appropriate by the Department or its designee.

   (4)  Send the completed standardized reporting forms to the Commonwealth's Alcohol Highway Safety Program office of the Department, or to its designee.

   (5)  Participate in the 1-day AHSS Performance Analysis Workshop when all candidates demonstrate their knowledge of alcohol highway safety by scoring 85% or better on tests developed by the Department or its designee.

   (6)  Complete any additional reporting requirements established by the Department or its designee following completion of the requirements outlined in paragraphs (1)--(5).

   (d)  DUI program coordinator verification. The sponsoring DUI program coordinator or the coordinator's designee shall verify the AHSS instructor candidate's satisfactory completion of all requirements on reporting forms issued by the Department or its designee prior to the candidate's participation in the 1-day AHSS Performance Analysis Workshop.

   (e)  Recertification.

   (1)  AHSS instructors shall be recertified every 2 years, in accordance with the following:

   (i)  Prior to recertification, every AHSS instructor shall have completed 12 credit hours of instruction at Department-approved workshops during the previous 24 months.

   (ii)  During the second 12 months of an instructor's existing certification period, the DUI program coordinator or the coordinator's designee shall observe the instructor teach one complete 12 1/2 hour AHSS course cycle.

   (iii)  The DUI program coordinator or the coordinator's designee shall verify that the instructor is adhering to the uniform AHSS curriculum, as prescribed by § 94.5.

   (iv)  The AHSS instructor shall administer an approved pretest and posttest to the AHSS class during the class cycle which is being observed by the DUI program coordinator or the coordinator's designee. The results of both tests must be submitted to the DUI program coordinator or the coordinator's designee.

   (v)  The DUI Program Coordinator or the coordinator's designee shall submit to the Department or its designee, on standardized reporting forms issued by the Department or its designee, verification of the instructor's satisfaction of, or the failure to satisfy, all of the requirements for recertification, together with a recommendation to grant or deny recertification of the AHSS instructor.

   (2)  The Department or its designee may waive, substitute or give credit toward any or all requirements for AHSS instructor recertification as specified in this section by offering suitable preannounced programs and workshops for AHSS instructors who qualify for recertification.

§ 94.11. Suspension or revocation of certification.

   The Department may, upon good cause shown, suspend or revoke the certification of an AHSS instructor and restrict or prohibit an instructor from participating in a DUI program. The Department will provide notice and an opportunity for administrative hearing under Chapter 491 (relating to administrative practice and procedure) within a reasonable time after any action is taken under this provision. This provision does not prevent any county, multicounty judicial district, or group of counties combined under a single DUI program from also taking any appropriate action in response to any claim of instructor disqualification or misconduct.

§ 94.12. DUI program coordinators.

   (a)  Requirement. Each county, multicounty judicial district or group of counties combined under a single DUI program shall designate a person to function as a DUI program coordinator.

   (b)  Appointment. Designation of a DUI program coordinator shall be made by the president judge of the county or multicounty judicial district, or by a consensus of the president judges within a single DUI program area.

   (c)  Qualifications. DUI program coordinators shall either possess a bachelor's degree with a major in business administration, business management, chemical addictions, criminal justice, public administration, psychology, social sciences, social work, sociology, education, or a closely related field, or be able to demonstrate at least 2 years of related management or administrative experience, or be able to demonstrate a suitable combination of education and relevant experience to the Department or its designee.

   (d)  Responsibility for administration of AHSS. The DUI program coordinator shall be responsible for administration of the AHSS, including the following:

   (1)  The DUI program coordinator shall serve as a liaison between the AHSS and the Department, its designee, or both, for the purposes of planning, implementing and monitoring all DUI related activities which are occurring within the coordinator's county, multicounty judicial district, or group of counties combined under a single DUI program which are related to the operation of an AHSS.

   (2)  The DUI program coordinator shall insure that all of the DUI services which are required by 75 Pa.C.S. (relating to Vehicle Code) in conjunction with the operation of the AHSS are made available and are provided in their respective DUI program areas, and that those services are in compliance with applicable State and local regulations.

   (3)  The DUI program coordinator shall recommend candidates for certification as AHSS instructors.

   (4)  The DUI program coordinator shall supervise AHSS instructor candidates during the certification process.

   (5)  The DUI program coordinator shall ensure that all AHSS instructors are currently certified and administering the AHSS curriculum in compliance with the requirements of this chapter.

   (6)  The DUI program coordinator shall maintain documentation relating to the certification of all AHSS instructors within the coordinator's jurisdiction.

   (7)  the DUI program coordinator shall submit any AHSS information and data requested by the Department or its designee using forms and procedures specified by the Department.

   (8)  The DUI program coordinator, within 1 year of appointment to the position as described in subsection (b), shall participate in an approved 2-day AHSS Instructor Certification Training Workshop sponsored by the Department.

   (9)  The DUI Program Coordinator shall earn 12 credits every 2 years through the Department's Alcohol Highway Safety Program sponsored workshops. Six of these credits shall be earned by attending an annual DUI Program Coordinators' Conference designed and hosted by the Department or its designee specifically for the DUI program coordinators. One hour of class time shall equal one credit. An all-day workshop will provide six credits and a 1/2 day workshop will provide three credits.

   (e)  DUI program coordinator misconduct. The Department may, upon good cause shown, recommend to the president judge of the court overseeing a DUI program that any DUI program coordinator should be removed, restricted or otherwise prohibited from participating in any activity under this chapter. This provision does not prevent any county, multicounty judicial district or group of counties combined under a single DUI program from taking any appropriate action in response to any claim of DUI program coordinator misconduct.

§ 94.13. Confidentiality.

   The AHSS shall keep all student records confidential and may not disclose them to any person other than the student and the Department. This section does not apply to any notification to the sentencing court, county probation department or State Parole Board. An individual AHSS student may waive these rights by a written explicit and knowing waiver signed by the student in the presence of the DUI program coordinator or the coordinator's designee.

§ 94.14. Cost.

   Cost of attendance at an AHSS shall be in addition to any other penalty required or allowed by law and shall be the responsibility of the attendee. The fee charged for attendance at an AHSS shall be determined independently by each county, multicounty judicial district or group of counties combined under a single DUI program. A Statewide listing of the fee charged for AHSS in jurisdictions throughout this Commonwealth is available from the Department upon request at no charge. Prospective students of an AHSS may verify the fee for attendance by contacting the particular school for its fee schedule.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 04-1593. Filed for public inspection August 27, 2004, 9:00 a.m.]



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