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Title: Effects of Minnesota's License Plate Impoundment Law on Recidivism of Multiple DWI Violators
Journal: Alcohol, Drugs and Driving  Volume:10  Issue:2  Dated:(April-June 1994)  Pages:127-134
Author(s): A Rodgers
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 8
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Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Minnesota's law requiring the impoundment and destruction of the license plates of the vehicles of offenders arrested a third or subsequent time for drunk driving was evaluated with respect to its effect on recidivism.
Abstract: The law was administered through the court system from August 1988 through December 1990. It was then amended to parallel the State's administrative per se law; the arresting officer now issues the impoundment order at the time of arrest. The research used a quasi-experimental design to compare groups that received no order with those that received an order from a judge or a police officer or through the mail from the Department of Public Safety. Results revealed that during the court-based phase of the law, the judge's impoundment had no significant impact on violator recidivism. After the law became administrative, violators who received impoundment orders recidivated significantly less than those who did not. Findings suggested that license plate impoundment is a practical countermeasure that can help reduce the problem of driving under the influence. Figures, tables, and 9 references
Main Term(s): Crime prevention planning
Index Term(s): Drunk driver programs; Legislative impact; Minnesota; Police DUI (Driving Under the Influence) Training; Recidivism statistics; State laws
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