RECIDIVISM AND COLLISION INVOLVEMENT OF IMPAIRED DRIVERS: SOME IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNTERMEASURES

Many court related programs for impaired drivers have been developed; they depend upon preventing the second and later offenses among such drivers. Very few studies have been made of recidivism rates in such drivers, and all have some limitations. This study reports an investigation of recidivism rates of a random sample of 5,330 drivers with at least one impaired conviction in Ontario. It was found that the sample was mainly male and between 21 and 49 years of age. A minority (16.8%) repeat their offense within 2 years, and 8% are convicted of some other serious moving violation. About 7% had one or more normal collisions. Since recidivism rates for this group are low, impaired driver reeducation programs are unlikely to substantially reduce the impaired driver problem. Large samples or long followup periods are required to assess the effects of such programs on recidivism rates. It is suggested that both primary and secondary preventive measures are required to have an impact on the impaired driver problem. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the 4th Annual Alcoholics Conference
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse

    Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane
    Rockville, MD  USA  20852
  • Authors:
    • Denberg, D
    • Smart, R G
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 63-71

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00132182
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1977 12:00AM