This report examines the extent to which persons suspected of DWI refuse to take a chemical test as required by law, describes implied consent laws in 50 States, analyzes the relation of law features to refusal rate, and analyzes the characteristics of test refusers in four States. The report concludes that there is a potential test-refusal problem in the U.S. to the extent that 2% to 71% of drivers arrested for DWI in 1987 refused to take a chemical test. The report recommends strong traffic law system action against refusers to include criminal sanctions for some "hard core" refusers. Other potential actions include treatment and public information and education initiatives.

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 108 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00622674
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-807 765
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-89-C-07008
  • Files: HSL, NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1992 12:00AM