The purpose of this study was to determine and report on the cost to police of the administrative license revocation (ALR) portion of the drunk driver arrest process in comparison to the cost of collecting and recording evidence for the criminal prosecution of the offender. State law enforcement officers in nine states were interviewed. All interviewees strongly supported ALR and believed that it reduces drinking and driving. On average, the data reported by these state enforcement agencies revealed that the time needed for the police to process the arrest of a drunk driver was 147.8 minutes, of which 10.5 minutes was required for ALR. The average cost of the arresting officers' salaries in these states to arrest and process a drunk driver was $35.79. Of this total, $33.30 was needed to collect and record information essential for prosecuting the offender and to meet other police responsibilities related to the arrest. An additional $2.49 was expended for purposes of administrative per se; that is, to seize the offender's license, issue a temporary driving permit and suspension notice, explain the person's rights and options, and forward the information to the licensing agency. An additional expense to police is the cost of their time to appear and testify at ALR hearings. Police agencies in the states visited indicated this was of little concern. In five of the states, the police reported that such appearances were so rare it was not possible to compute the cost. While the information in this report leads to the inescapable conclusion that the police services necessary to support ALR are minimal and the cost insignificant, too many factors are involved to be able to conclude that one state, or set of state procedures, is more efficient than another. Several innovations that came to light during this study are pointed out in the report.


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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 65 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00664265
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-808 064
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 4 1994 12:00AM