Safety Through Education - Program Details

The Safety Through Education Driver Intervention Program is a 72-hour residential program certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS Provider - 180). You have the option to attend this program instead of serving three (3) days in jail. The program is an alternative to incarceration for persons who have been arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or any drug of abuse. Safety Through Education helps individuals recognize the seriousness of OVI/DUI and the need to change their drinking and driving practices. Safety Through Education accomplishes this through screening, education, and referral services. The ultimate goal of the program is to help reduce the amount of OVI/DUI cases in the community by promoting safety through education. Since driver intervention is mandated by the legal system, the program has rules/guidelines that must be enforced. See program rules/ guidelines. Noncompliance with Safety Through Education’s rules/guidelines may result in discharge from the program and your return to court for appropriate action. Please review the program rules/guidelines and ask questions. Safety Through Education staff will explain these rules/guidelines during orientation on Thursday evening. The staff has discretion to administer alcohol or drug tests, i.e. breathalyzer, urinalysis, during the weekend program. Testing positive will result in discharge from the program.    


The non-refundable fee is $600/single occupancy, $430/double occupancy, or $310/triple occupancy. Register early to guarantee your room. Full payment is due prior to the beginning of the program by credit card or debit card. Cash or check payments ($575 single, $410 double, $295 triple) can be made. The fee covers three nights in the hotel-Thursday to Sunday, food (all meals except Thursday), screening, education and group discussion sessions on traffic safety, alcoholism and drug abuse, OVI/DUI related issues, and referral services. If you arrive late or do not attend the weekend for which you are registered, you will be referred back to your court or you can attend a future weekend program by making another program fee payment. No refunds will be made under any circumstances.  

Hotel breakfasts are continental style, i.e. breakfast breads. You can order the breakfast buffet at your own expense (approximately $7) on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Hotel lunches consist of a sandwich or soup. Hotel dinners consist of a hot dish and side. Beverages are included with all meals. You may have food delivered only on Thursday evening andthis is at your own expense if you order from the hotel restaurant. Never order other lunches and dinners because the restaurant staff prepares all of your meals. If you have special dietary requirements, please inform program staff during your intake session on Thursday evening.

Since your program completion report may involve recommendations to your court and attorney, complete your information form with your attorney's full name, address, phone number, fax number, and email address BEFORE YOU ARRIVE. If necessary, bring any court and/or probation documentation. NOT COMPLETING YOUR FORM WILL DELAY THE PROGRAM COMPLETION REPORT FROM BEING SENT TO YOUR COURT, PROBATION OFFICER, AND ATTORNEY. Bring sufficient clothes and personal items to the hotel. Wear appropriate clothing for program activities and non-program activities, i.e. workout facility area.

Please bring all of your over the counter and/or prescription medications, if any, in containers clearly marked with your name, name of the medication, dose and frequency. If you bring medications then please remember to only bring the exact number of pills you will need during the 72-hour program. Program staff will collect all medications unless your physician provides written verification requiring you to have certain medication(s) in your possession at the program site or while involved in program activities. You are not allowed to take other clients’ medications, including over the counter medicines, at any time during the weekend program. 


Report to the main lobby of the Double Tree by Hilton (Westlake) Hotel – 1100 Crocker Road, Westlake, OH 44145, off I-90 and accessible to major highways, by 5:30 p.m. (5:00-5:15 is recommended) on Thursday evenings. After you inform the front desk clerk you are attending the Safety Through Education DIP, you will be assigned to your room and directed to the meeting room. Ask the staff any questions you may have during this process. Please call (440) 590-3404, log on to or email if you have questions, concerns, or need additional registration information.