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Title: Assessment of Changes in DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) Enforcement Level
Author(s): J H Lacey; R K Jones
Corporate Author: University of North Carolina
Highway Safety Research Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 45
Sponsoring Agency: University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
US Dept of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
Washington, DC 20590
Contract Number: DTNH22-88-C-07368
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report summarizes a study of the long-term experience of six law enforcement agencies with enforcement programs coupled with public information and education designed to deter drunk driving.
Abstract: The six communities had implemented drunk-driving enforcement programs coupled with public information and education in the late 1970's or early 1980's and had been deemed successful by their State highway safety offices. The communities were Redondo Beach, Calif.; Fort Collins, Col.; Wichita, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Lexington, Ky.; and Clearwater, Fla. In each community drunk-driving enforcement activity increased significantly with the advent of the specially funded program. In three sites arrests went down after funding ceased, but remained well above pre-program levels; in one site arrest volume regressed to below pre-program levels. Two sites sought and received additional enforcement funding and were able to maintain a high arrest rate. The public information and education efforts tended to cease when funding terminated. This is attributed to the increasing volume of work in the face of stable staffing levels, changing command emphasis in response to constituent demands in other areas, and officer burnout. This report recommends that funding agencies consider the incorporation of steps to garner community support in initial seed grants, and State and local governments should seek mechanisms to identify new funds to support drunk-driving enforcement through earmarked taxes and assessments on drunk-driving offenders. 13 figures and 1 table
Main Term(s): Drunk driver programs
Index Term(s): Crime specific countermeasures; Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Public information
Note: DOT HS 807 690 Final Report.
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