This manual was produced to serve as a tool to assist any agency interested in the development, implementation and management of saturation patrols, especially those patrols that emphasize detection of impaired drivers. Contributing to the guidelines contained in this manual were experienced police officers from Albany County, New York; Seminole County, Florida; and Maricopa County, Arizona. These representatives were selected due to their police agencies participation in programs that successfully incorporated saturation patrol techniques with community-based enforcement. This manual targets topic areas such as problem identification, program goals and objectives, planning, operational considerations, support resources, media activities and program evaluation. The idea of a coordinated "traffic task force," which encourages support from multiple jurisdictions, is also addressed. The concepts discussed in this manual have been used successfully by 38 police agencies. Strategies may be adopted in total, or modified to satisfy particular local requirements.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This manual is available with three different covers (photographs): HS-807 983A (police officers giving sobriety test to female driver, photo courtesy of Sergeant Keith Evans, New York State Police); HS-807 983B (police officers with police dog giving sobriety test to male driver, photo courtesy of Allen County Sheriff's Department, Town of Wayne, Indiana); and HS-807 983C (police officers giving sobriety test to male driver, photo courtesy of Town of Colonie Police Department, Town of Colonie, New York).
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    Police Traffic Services Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1993-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 27 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00719479
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-807 983
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 25 1996 12:00AM