In 1983 new research was carried out on the use of alcohol by drivers in the Netherlands, as a follow-up of research done in the period 1970-1977. In this research a new method was used with the aim of reducing the number of drivers refusing to participate. In the old method the interview, breath test etc was voluntary. The 1983 research was based on police surveillance, and if necessary juridical consequences. The results show no significant changes in the use of alcohol by drivers during week-ends after the introduction of the legal blood alcohol content. The results of the research are especially elaborated and presented to give a contribution to the discussion on the nature and magnitude of police surveillance and police enforcement. Police control is presented as a sequence of five steps in which each step improves the chance of detection of drivers having a BAC of more than 0.5 promille and at the same time minimizes the chance of non detection. Emphasis is laid on the objective chance of detection. The objective measure for police control is how many drivers less there are with a punishable BAC, weighed against the burden for police, court and drivers. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Rijksuniversiteit Leiden

    Dienst Sociaal Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, Middelstegracht 4
    Leiden,   Netherlands 
  • Authors:
  • Publication Date: 1984


  • Dutch

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 80 p.

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00450982
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DSWO/R-84
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 9:05PM