This report describes factors that were found to influence police officers' arrests of persons suspected of alcohol-related (A/R) traffic violations, and presents recommendations for treating these factors so that a higher level of enforcement might result. Conclusions and recommendations were derived from data obtained during a survey of eleven law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. These data included factual descriptions of recent A/R investgations, attitudinal measurements, and anecdotal information elicited from 267 police patrolmen and 85 police supervisors. Additional data were obtained through interviews of prosecuting attorneys, judges, and other civic officials. Through this survey, numerous factors were identified that positively or negatively affect the arrest/no arrest decision in A/R situations. Recommended actions for addressing these factors deal with law enforcement policies and procedures; training of patrolmen, supervisors and commanders; the adjudication system; and legislative revisions.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Dunlap and Associates Incorporated

    One Parkland Drive
    Darien, CT  United States  06820
  • Authors:
    • Oates Jr, J F
  • Publication Date: 1974-9

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 259 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00080402
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS-801 230 Final Rpt.
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1975 12:00AM