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NCJ Number: 68273 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: METHODS EMPLOYED BY ASAP (ALCOHOL SAFETY ACTION PROJECT) ENFORCEMENT COUNTERMEASURES TO RECORD THE BEHAVIOR OF DRINKING DRIVERS, FINAL REPORT, 1975
Author(s): G W LOVELESS; M J APSEY; J C COBB
Corporate Author: Planning and Human Systems, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 680
Sponsoring Agency: National Technical Information Service
Springfield, VA 22151
Planning and Human Systems, Inc
Washington, DC 20016
US Dept of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
Washington, DC 20590
Contract Number: DOT-HS-4-00938
Sale Source: National Technical Information Service
US Dept of Commerce
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22151
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE EFFECTIVENESS OF TECHNIQUES USED TO RECORD INFORMATION ON DRINKING DRIVERS APPREHENDED IN POLICE ALCOHOL SAFETY ACTION PROJECTS (ASAPS) WAS STUDIED.
Abstract: BECAUSE DRUNK DRIVING IS THE GREATEST MENACE TO HIGHWAY SAFETY, THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION FUNDED 35 STATE ASAP'S IN WHICH LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES USED WRITTEN REPORTS, VIDEOTAPE RECORDINGS, AND AUDIO TAPE RECORDERS TO HELP PROSECUTE DRINKING DRIVERS. THE PROJECTS AIMED TO REDUCE ACCIDENTS AND DETER DRIVERS FROM DRINKING. RESEARCHERS VISITED 22 PROJECT SITES TO WITNESS ARRESTS, INTERVIEW POLICE OFFICERS, AND GATHER DATA BY MEANS OF A FIELD SURVEY INSTRUMENT. THE RESULTS SHOWED THAT MANY DIFFERENT FORMS WERE USED, THAT IMPROPER TRAINING IN THE USE OF VIDEOTAPE RECORDERS LED TO THE PRODUCTION OF TAPES OF INSUFFICIENT QUALITY FOR COURT PROCEEDINGS, AND THAT PORTABLE CASSETTE RECORDERS WERE ESPECIALLY EFFECTIVE IN PROVIDING COURT EVIDENCE. THEREFORE, THE STUDY RECOMMENDED (1) THAT ALL FORMS SHOULD BE REVIEWED IN ORDER TO PRODUCE A STANDARD, ALL-INCLUSIVE REPORT FORMAT FOR DRUNKEN DRIVING OFFENSES IN EVERY STATE, (2) THAT FEDERAL FUNDING OF VIDEOTAPING SHOULD BE SUSPENDED, AND (3) THAT THE FURTHER USE OF PORTABLE AUDIO TAPE RECORDERS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED. INDIVIDUAL REPORTS INCLUDING COPIES OF POLICE FORMS CURRENTLY USED ARE PRESENTED FOR EACH PROJECT SITE VISITED.
Index Term(s): Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Evidence; Highway safety; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Police crime-prevention; Police equipment; Police reports; Traffic law enforcement
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