The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of publicized insurance sanctions on DWI. New Hanover County, North Carolina was chosen as a test site in part because this state mandates that offenders convicted of DWI have their premiums raised by 400%. Insurance sanctions were publicized in a seven month campaign of public service advertising and other publicity. Messages in the publicity campaign emphasized that convicted DWI offenders would face substantial insurance increases. To measure the effects of the program, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles surveyed drivers coming to its offices prior to, during, and after the program began. Seven months of an intense public information and education program, relying heavily on public service advertising on TV did reach at least 4% of the drivers, and possibly an additional 4%. About half of those who indicated seeing the message reported the insurance sanction as one of the consequences of a DWI arrest. Regarding potential impact, many drivers who became aware of the insurance sanctions program reported that after drinking they drove less often.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Mid-America Research Institute

    Winchester, MA  United States 

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Highway Safety Research Center
    Chapel Hill, NC  United States  27599

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Murphy, P V
    • Lacey, J H
    • Marchetti, L
  • Publication Date: 1994-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 85 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00664272
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-808 119
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-89-R-07007
  • Files: HSL, NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 8 1994 12:00AM