The Dutch Probation services and the Romanian Probation Directorate succesfully implemented project Drink&Drive Programme Moldova, financed by the Dutch Embassy in Romania.  The project equipped the National Probation Inspectorate from Moldova with a new rehabilitation programme that can be used in working with offenders. The programme is available in seven probation services in Moldova.

The goal of the project was the development of a Drink&Drive programme in Moldova in order to support the rehabilitation of the offenders registered within the Moldovan probation system. The programme aims to diminish recidivism behavior, to reduce the numbers of injures and victims caused by driving under influence and to increase the road safety.

As well, within the project was envisaged the best practice exchange in order to support the strengthening of the Moldovan probation system. The Dutch and Romanian experts attended four workshops and conducted two training sessions for the probation staff in order to design and to disseminate the Drink&Drive programme.

Development of the programme

In 2016, led by the Netherlands Probation and the Romanian Probation, four working meetings were held with representatives of the Moldovan probation, organized by the Institute for Penal Reform Moldova.  In the first stage of the project, an analysis report of the current situation related to the drink driving offences in Moldova was developed and a report of evaluation was completed by the experts. The report represents an analysis of all aspects in Moldova around drink driving such as the prevalence and risks of driving under the influence, legal framework, detection and enforcement campaigns about traffic safety, security measures, etc. In addition, the report describes the cooperation between the partners and the draft structure and content of the Drink&Drive programme.

In a second phase of the project, the Drink&Drive programme was created and designed in order to meet the needs of the Moldovan probation system. The content of the programme is based on motivational interviewing and on cognitive behavioral approaches. The Drink&Drive programme has eight sessions (four individual sessions and four group sessions).  The programme includes topics such as improving knowledge about relevant items, raising awareness, attitude change and the development of strategies to prevent driving under influence. The guidelines of the programme are drafted in a manual for the probation staff usage.

Improvement required

The Dutch and Romanian experts mentioned the need of a further implementation of the programmme, which must be applied and piloted by the probation staff. In this manner, after the pilot implementation, the programme could be revised and adjusted according to the results of the application. The above mentioned issues could be addressed within the framework of a new project taking into consideration that the Dutch and Romanian experts are willing to continue the cooperation and the support of the Moldovan probation system.

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