THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BLOOD ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION LEVEL AND COURT SANCTION SEVERITY IN DRUNK DRIVING CASES: INTERIM REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Assembly Bill 144 (AB 144) requires that the court consider a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .20% or more as a special factor in enhancing penalties when sentencing drunk drivers. This interim report summarizes the tabulations of sanction severity by BAC levels for first Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offenders, both prior and subsequent to the enactment of AB 144 and by the offender's license status at the time of the DUI arrest (valid vs suspended license). Only DUI offenders with reported BAC levels were selected for analysis. While the data for first offenders indicate a trend for high BAC drivers to receive enhanced penalties and while this trend tended to increase following the enactment of AB 144, additional data and longer term analyses are needed before drawing firm conclusions and interpretations.
- In Accord with Assembly Bill 144 Chapter 1256, 1985 Legislative Session.
California Department of Motor VehiclesResearch and Development Branch
P.O. Box 932382
Sacramento, CA United States 94232-3820
- Tashima, H N
- Publication Date: 1986-3
- Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
- Pagination: 69 p.
- TRT Terms: Alcohol abuse; Blood alcohol levels; Courts; Driver licenses; Drunk drivers; Drunk driving; Injury severity; Sanctions; Tables (Data)
- Uncontrolled Terms: Severity
- Geographic Terms: California
- Subject Areas: Highways; Law; Safety and Human Factors; I83: Accidents and the Human Factor;
- Accession Number: 00726005
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: CAL-DMV-RSS-86-105
- Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
- Created Date: Sep 21 1996 12:00AM