AN EVALUATION OF THE BONNEVILLE COUNTY DUI ACCIDENT PREVENTION PROGRAM (PROJECT SAFETY)

Project Safety is a comprehensive Driving under the Influence (DUI) accident prevention program implemented in Bonneville County, Idaho, in October 1979. It provides an integrated systems approach to the drinking driver problem by the enhancement of treatment, sentencing and parole, and rehabilitation processes. DUI enforcement teams were added to the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office and the Idaho Falls City Police Department. A public information component was also developed. Specific personnel were assigned system liaison responsibilities. An impact evaluation was done for the first 15 months of the project. A before-after analysis, which included two comparison locations, used an alcohol proxy measure (nighttime fatal and injury accidents occurring between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.) to identify reductions in alcohol-related accidents. There was a reduction of 4.6 alcohol proxy accidents per month (64 total) during the study period. Reductions did not occur in alcohol proxy accidents in the comparison counties, although all study counties were similar with respect to the direction of daytime accident trends. State alcohol proxy accidents remained stable during the program period. An estimated $1,000,000 in fatal and injury accident costs (the study excluded property-damage-only accidents) were avoided during the program period, compared to total project costs of $312,471.

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  • Accession Number: 00393622
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 526
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 29 1985 12:00AM