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NCJ Number: 149913 Find in a Library
Title: Removing the High From the Highways: The Impact of Virginia's Efforts To Combat Drug-Related DUI
Author(s): J D Jernigan
Corporate Author: Virginia Transportation Research Council
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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University of Virginia
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Virginia Dept of Motor Vehicles
Richmond, VA 23269
Virginia Dept of Transportation
Richmond, VA 23219
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Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Beginning in 1988, Virginia law gave police officers the authority to order an individual suspected of drug-related DUI to submit a blood sample for drug testing.
Abstract: At the same time, the State implemented a pilot Drug Recognition Technician (DRT) program to train police officers to detect the signs of impairment consistent with the use of seven types of illicit drugs; officers participate in 56 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of field training. This study evaluated the impact of both measures on the number of arrests and convictions for drug-related DUI between 1988 and 1990. The results showed that, while drug-related DUI arrests increased in 1988, they declined somewhat in 1989 and 1990. Nonetheless, the conviction rates for drug-related DUI remained stable. If blood tests showed the presence of an illicit drug, the conviction rate ranged from 40 percent to 70 percent; with no evidence of drugs, the DUI conviction rate was less than 25 percent. While the DRT program helped to increase arrests for drug-related DUI, there was no parallel increase in the number of convictions. 11 tables and 16 references
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement training
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Drug testing; Police DUID (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs) Training
Note: Final Report
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