DWI Recidivism in the United States: An Examination of State-Level Driver Data and the Effect of Look-Back Periods on Recidivism Prevalence

In 1995, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) were repeat offenders. This study was conducted to update the 1995 estimate, and it determined that since 1995 the proportion of recidivism among drivers arrested for DWI has decreased from 31% to 25%, a decline of 19%. This report describes the methods used for data collection and analysis. The analysis explored emerging trends of recidivism based on data regarding arrests, convictions, and license suspensions. This study also examined the extent to which recidivism prevalence differs based on the look-back period used by the State (i.e., the period of time DWI offenses remain on driver records as prior offenses).


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 9p
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  • Accession Number: 01522379
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 811 991
  • Created Date: Apr 21 2014 11:25AM