POST LICENSING CONTROL RREPORTING AND EVALUATION SYSTEM: NEGLIGENT OPERATOR PROGRAM COSTS AND EFFECTIVENESS. PERIODIC STATUS REPORT NO 5

The subject of this report is the Warning Letter and Group Educational Meeting, which are the first two of the four sequential treatments tht comprise the negligent operator program. The negligent operator (Neg Op) treatments reported on in the system normally consist of the Warning Letter (W/L), Group Educational Meeting (GEM), Individual Hearing (I/H), and Probation Violator Hearing (P/V). While there is not convincing evidence of positive effects of the W/L on accidents, the W/L has shown consistently positive and statistically significant effects on conviction involvement amounting to roughly a 9% reduction in the number of conviction involved drivers six months after treatment. Because the prime criteria for each subsequent negligent operator treatment is additional violation, and because the majority of subsequent Neg Op treatments are given within one year subsequent to the initial treatment, a rough approximation of the portion of GEMS prevented by the W/L is a similar proportion of 9%. This represents an annual reduction of about 2,860 drivers attending GEMs, which translates to about a $19,000 savings in departmental costs. The effect of the GEM on convictions was a 12% reduction in the number of drivers involved in a conviction within six months after treatment. As with prior reports, this reduction was statistically significant following reasoning described, the effect on recidivism (progression to the I/H level) would, as a rough approximation, be a similar reduction of 12%. This translates to a reduction in annual I/H and Probation-by-Mail volume of 1,490 and 1,240, respectively, or a reduction of $88,000 in departmental cost to conduct these treatments. Based on this evidence, it is recommended that the Department continue the W/L program. Also, since the mandatory GEM is probably more effective at reducing accidents and more cost-beneficial than the voluntary GEM, it is recommended that the Department return to the mandatory GEM.

  • Corporate Authors:

    California Department of Motor Vehicles

    P.O. Box 11828, 2415 1st Avenue
    Sacramento, CA  USA  95813
  • Authors:
    • Kadell, D
    • Peck, R C
    • FONG, S
    • Marsh, W C
  • Publication Date: 1980-4

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 67 p.

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319866
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM