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IVCE offers Driving Unimpaired (DUI/OWI) courses monthly

Driving Unimpaired (also known as the OWI 12-Hour Program) is for those who have been arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) over the age of 18. The program, offered in Marshalltown and Iowa Falls, is designed to help participants reduce the risk for any type of alcohol or drug problem by helping them understand and accept the need to make necessary changes to reduce the risk for future problems.

The program meets state requirements under sections 321J.2 and 321J.17, Subsection 2, and is open to anyone wishing to better understand the problem of driving while intoxicated. A separate class is available for those who speak Spanish.

Iowa Valley Continuing Education offers the Driving Unimpaired (DUI/OWI) classes monthly in Marshalltown, every other month in Iowa Falls, plus a Spanish version presented by a native Spanish-speaking instructor every other month. The next 12-hour courses offered are as follows:

  • April 12-13 – Friday class meets from 6 to 10 pm and Saturday class meets from 8 am to 5 pm at Iowa Valley Continuing Education Conference Center, 3702 S. Center St. (Room 803) in Marshalltown.
  • April 27-28 – Class meets Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 3 pm at Ellsworth Community College, 1100 College Ave. (Reg Johnson Hall Room 101) in Iowa Falls.
  • May 10-11 – Friday class meets from 6 to 10 pm and Saturday class meets from 8 am to 5 pm at Iowa Valley Continuing Education Conference Center, 3702 S. Center St. (Room 803) in Marshalltown.
  • Spanish version May 17-18 – Friday class meets from 6 to 10 pm and Saturday class meets from 8 am to 5 pm at Iowa Valley Continuing Education Conference Center, 3702 S. Center St. (Room 803) in Marshalltown.
  • June 14-15 – Friday class meets from 6 to 10 pm and Saturday class meets from 8 am to 5 pm at Iowa Valley Continuing Education Conference Center, 3702 S. Center St. (Room 803) in Marshalltown.

It’s the Law

It is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Iowa Code 321J outlines the sanctions that can be imposed on offenders. Iowa requires that individuals who offend in Iowa or Iowa drivers who offend in another state complete a course for drinking drivers. Iowa utilizes the Prime for Life 12-hour curriculum. Iowa drivers who offend in another state will also be required to comply with the civil sanctions in Iowa.

The cost of the 12-hour Driving Unimpaired course is $180. To register, contact IVCE at 3702 S. Center St., Marshalltown or phone 641-752-4645 or 800-284-4823. Registrations can also be completed online at www.IowaValley.com, where the schedule for Marshalltown and Iowa Falls classes, plus Marshalltown courses offered in Spanish, can be found (click on Driving Unimpaired).

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