ATTACKING DWI: THE NHTSA APPROACH

The administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Diane Steed, outlines the NHTSA approach toward getting the drunk driver off the road. This approach emphasizes six major points: Deterring the many drunk drivers who are never caught, rather than merely dealing with the few who are; Encouraging communities to accept program responsibility; Coordinating such local and state functions as licensing, enforcement, prosecution, adjudication, education/treatment, and public information; Making convicted drunk drivers pay the costs of community programs; Generating community and political support; and Initiating long-term public education programs aimed at changing societal attitudes about drinking and driving. Ten "targets of opportunity" were chosen in June of 1982 to develop and track special programs based on the six-point concept. By choosing these target communities, NHTSA hopes to create successful models for other communities and states to follow. In the remainder of this article, Mrs. Steed discusses the information obtained so far from the "target of opportunity" program and describes her personal experience of accompanying a patrolman in his pursuit of drunk drivers.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Association of Chiefs of Police

    11 Firstfield Road
    Gaithersburg, MD  United States  20760
  • Authors:
    • Steed, D K
  • Publication Date: 1984-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 30-31
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00392447
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 410
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1985 12:00AM