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NCJ Number: 67195 Find in a Library
Title: FIVE ALCOHOL SAFETY ACTION PROJECTS' JUDICIAL SYSTEMS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Indiana University
Institute for Research in Public Safety
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47401
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
Washington, DC 20590
Contract Number: DOT-HS-4-00958
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: STUDIES WERE CONDUCTED AT FIVE SITES WHERE RESEARCHERS BELIEVED THAT THE ALCOHOL SAFETY ACTION PROJECT (ASAP) HAD INFLUENCED THE HANDLING OF DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (DWI) CASES BY THE COURTS.
Abstract: THE LEGISLATIVE CHANGES WERE DESIGNED TO KEEP INTOXICATED DRIVERS OFF THE ROAD, TO FURTHER THEIR REHABILITATION, AND TO HELP THE COURTS PROCESS THE CASES FASTER. THE IMPACT OF THE ASAP ON PUERTO RICO; IDAHO; HENNEPIN COUNTY, MINN.; PHOENIX, ARIZ.; AND LOS ANGELES WAS STUDIED. THE EFFECTS OF THE ASAPS WERE MIXED. IN MINNESOTA, MORE STRINGENT LAWS RESULTING IN A RECORD NUMBER OF PENDING DWI COURT CASES CAUSED THE REVIVAL OF A CONTROVERSIAL PLEA BARGAINING PROCESS. IN ARIZONA, OFFENDERS WERE REQUIRED BY THE NEW LAW TO COMPLETE A REHABILITATION PROGRAM BEFORE THEY COULD PLEAD GUILTY TO A REDUCED CHARGE. DURING 1975, THE FIRST YEAR OF THE PROGRAM'S OPERATION, 82 PERCENT OF THE DEFENDAANTS ENROLLED ALSO, DWI CASES WERE PROCESSED FASTER. OVERALL, THE ASAPS HELPED COURTS IMPROVE THEIR METHODS OF DEALING WITH DWI OFFENDERS, ALTHOUGH MORE NEEDS TO BE LEARNED ABOUT THE COURTS THEMSELVES, AND THE IMPACT OF THEIR ACTIONS ON HIGHWAY SAFETY. COOPERATION WITH ORGANIZATIONS, SUCH AS THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AND THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION WAS RECOMMENDED IN ORDER TO DEVELOP A NATIONAL POLICY FOR HANDLING DWI CASES BASED ON PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE. THE ASAPS COULD BE THE FIRST STEP IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUCH POLICY. POLICY CONSIDERATIONS DEVELOPED AS A RESULT OF THE FIVE STUDIES ARE NOTED. (ELP)
Index Term(s): Alcoholism treatment programs; Arizona; California; Caseload management; Court case flow; Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Idaho; Minnesota; Puerto Rico; Summaries
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