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NCJ Number: 77048 Find in a Library
Title: New Countermeasures Against Drinking Drivers
Journal: Police Science Abstracts  Volume:9  Issue:1  Dated:(January/February 1981)  Pages:I-VII
Author(s): D vanOoijen
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 7
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: An examination of 1,321 drunken drivers apprehended by the Rotterdam (Netherlands) Police during the period March 15, 1979, to August 1, 1979, was undertaken to determine if increased police authority in acting against drunk drivers had increased apprehension of more drunk drivers in the Netherlands.
Abstract: Data were gathered from the police report forms concerning the method of detection of the drunk driver (alcohol check, routine check, driving behavior, or accident). These four groups were compared with a number of selected variables, such as age, recidivism, blood alcohol concentration (BAC), refusal to submit to a blood test, use of drugs in combination with alcohol, Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST) score, and work situation. In spite of the extension of police authority, it was found that 64.5 percent of DWI (driving while intoxicated) drivers were still apprehended on classic grounds of driving behavior or accident. Comparison of variables showed significant differences for age and BAC. The study found sufficient evidence to conclude that the increased police authority has resulted in the apprehension of more social drinkers than problem drinkers, but 63 percent of the sample had a BAC of 1 percent or more, while the legal limit is 0.5 percent. Since many experts consider detection in an early state of drinking 0.5 percent. Since many experts consider detection in an early stage of drinking to be important, it would appear that increased police power to apprehend drunk drivers in an easier way was justified. Ten footnotes and seven tables are included.
Index Term(s): Arrest and apprehension; Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Netherlands; Reckless driving; Traffic offenses
Note: Paper presented at the Satellite Conference to the 8th International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety, 23-25 June 1980, Umea, Sweden.
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