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Missouri SATOP Assessment | The Written Test

*The Missouri SATOP Written Test: Driver Risk Inventory II (DRI-II)*

The Driver Risk Inventory II (DRI-II) is a test designed by “Behavior Data Systems, Ltd.”: specifically for DWI / DUI offender assessment. The test booklet contains 140 items; 84 true or false questions and 56 multiple choice questions. The DRI-II is written at a 5th or 6th grade reading level. It usually takes 20-25 minutes to complete.

The DRI-II test contains six (6) different scales designed to measure the following:

*Truthfulness Scale:* This scale is designed to measure how truthful the driver was while completing the DRI-II. It is intended to detect denial and identifies attempts to try and fake good.

*Alcohol Scale:* This scale is designed to measures alcohol (beer, wine and other liquor) use and abuse. It is intended to measure the severity of alcohol abuse while identifying alcohol-related problems.

*Drugs Scale:* This scale is designed to measure the severity of *illicit drug (marijuana, crack, cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates and heroin) use and abuse while identifying drug-related problems.

*Substance Abuse/Dependency Scale:* This scale uses American Psychiatric Association diagnostic criteria (DSM-IV) to classify substance abuse or substance dependency.

*Driver Risk Scale:* This scale is designed to measure driver risk independent of substance (alcohol or other drugs) use or abuse. This scale presumes that some people are simply dangerous drivers.

*Stress Coping Abilities Scale:* This scale is designed to measure the driver’s ability to cope effectively with stress on the theory that stress exacerbates symptoms of emotional and mental health problems.

The DRI-II report has three sections.

*Section 1* begins with a demographic sub-section, setting forth the driver’s name, age, gender, ethnicity, education, and marital status. Also in Section 1 is a graph setting forth the driver’s DRI-II scale scores and corresponding DRI-II profile. The graph summarizes the driver’s performance on the test. The third item in Section 1 is a “Supplemental Information” sub-section that sets forth the driver’s self-reported driver history.

*Section 2* of the DRI-II report consists of six (6) paragraphs, each containing a summary of the driver’s scale scores for each of the six (6) scales: Truthfulness Scale, Dependency/Abuse Classification, Alcohol Scale, Driver Risk Scale and the Drugs Scale. Each paragraph contains an explanation of what the scale score means and sets forth specific scale score related recommendations. Following the scale score paragraphs is a ” Significant Items” sub-section which lists “direct admissions” or “unusual answers” given by the driver for the Alcohol Scale, Drugs Scale, and Driver Risk Scale.

*Section 3* of the DIR-II report contains the answers selected by the driver to the multiple choice questions . There is a space in Section 3 for staff member’s comments, recommendations and signature. The report ends with a reproduction of the driver’s answers to all the DRI-II items.