DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED. DRIVERS, CHARGES AND OUTCOMES

This report presents the results of an examination of police and court records of all legally impaired drivers charged in 1980 (N=1,531) in 12 RCMP detachments on Vancouver Island. The following items were examined: driver and vehicle characteristics; charges and outcomes; recidivism; and accident involvement. From the data it was concluded that the Criminal Justice System is generally effective in dealing with the impaired drivers that are apprehended, but that the level of apprehensions is distressingly low. To raise the low level of apprehension would require substantial increases in resources allocated to discouraging drinking drivers. Another approach would be to focus on the 17% of impaired drivers who have a BAC of 140 mg/100 ml or higher and who have a higher likelihood of being involved in accidents. This could be done by linking sanctions to BAC levels, and would not involve any changes in the Criminal Code. It is the final recommendation of this paper that further research be conducted on the contribution of BAC level to the probability of being in an accident.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ministry of Attorney General

    CounterAttack Program, Police Services Branch
    Vancouver V6Z 2E6, BC  Canada 
  • Authors:
    • MERCER, G W
  • Publication Date: 1983-2

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 49 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00387417
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-036 384
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 30 1984 12:00AM