A STUDY OF FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING LOWER BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT LIMITS IN SECTIONS OF THE WISCONSIN STATUTES RELATED TO OPERATING A VEHICLE WHILE INTOXICATED INTOXICATED

The procedure is described and the results are given of a study which consisted of 4 types of data gathering activities: an exhaustive review of the literature relating to the feasibility of establishing lower blood alcohol content limits related to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated; a survey of all county sheriffs, county district attorneys, chiefs of municipal police departments, heads of state police patrol districts, and Wisconsin automobile drivers; on-site visits to Motor Vehicle Departments; and acquisition of state statistics on drunk driving arrests and convictions from all 50 states. The literature review produced information on laboratory studies on behavioral aspects assumed to be subjected to the effect of alcohol but not necessarily to driving, those aspects related to driver behavior, and driver-related behavior determined as control response studies. Epidemiological studies were also considered and were found to follow the same trend in impairment at various blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels as do the data from experimental levels. The results of the BAC questionnaire sent to Wisconsin law enforcement agents are also discussed. The results of a state-wide survey of Utah residents are discussed, as is also the Oregon experience. The results of the study are summarized in the form of answers to 4 questions relating to: (1) BAC and driving impairments, (2) BAC law as a deterrence, (3) BAC law--is it equivalent to better law enforcement? and (4) opposition to such laws. law enforcement? and (4) opposition to such laws.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contract under the direction of Act 459, Section 31(2), May 17, 1984.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    Council on Highway Safety
    Madison, WI  United States  53707
  • Publication Date: 0

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 87 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00399999
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 25 2004 1:50AM