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NCJ Number: 220812 Find in a Library
Title: Alcohol Policy Evaluation of Drinking and Driving in Hillsborough County, Florida
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:18  Issue:4  Dated:December 2007  Pages:434-450
Author(s): Amanda R. Grohosky; Kathleen A. Moore; Ezra Ochshorn
Date Published: December 2007
Page Count: 17
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In response to the high DUI rate, this study conducted an alcohol policy project in Hillsborough County, FL and examined vital issues related to law enforcement and substance abuse treatment to identify structural gaps and help formulate policy.
Abstract: Findings suggest numerous causes for the serious DUI problem in Hillsborough County, all requiring attention if change is to occur. According to the study, gaps in prevention policy, law enforcement, the legal system, and treatment programs all remain major roadblocks to success. Several key recommendations and potential solutions were suggested through the interviews, as well as other observations for reducing DUI offenses in Hillsborough County; these include: (1) harsher laws and penalties; (2) inclusion of a DUI court; (3) increase in education; (4) collaboration among key stakeholders; (5) increased public awareness; and (6) increased transportation. Barriers were identified with several key issues needing to be considered: (1) funding; (2) recruitment; and (3) support and dedication. With collaboration and thorough understanding of the DUI issue, substantial improvements in Hillsborough County can progress. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime that contributes to approximately 9 percent of traffic-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities in the State of Florida. Specifically, Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, has the highest rate of DUI-related occurrences in the State. There are several gaps in policy, law enforcement, and treatment that need to be addressed before Hillsborough County can shed this dubious distinction. In this study, 15 key stakeholders involved in alcohol policy were interviewed about law enforcement, judicial, and treatment issues. Tables, figures and references
Main Term(s): Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Alcohol-Related Offenses; Alcoholic beverage consumption; Crime prevention measures; Crime specific countermeasures; Drug Policy; Drunk offenders; Florida; Policy; Traffic offenses
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