PSYCHOPHYSICAL TESTS FOR DWI ARREST

As part of DWI arrest procedures, tests of alcohol impairment may be used by police officers, either at roadside or in the station. Objectives of this study included evaluation of currently-used tests, development of more sensitive and reliable measures, and the standardization of test administration. On the basis of preliminary investigations, six tests were chosen for an evaluation study. Ten officers administered the 6-test battery to 238 participants who were light, moderate and heavy drinkers. Placebo or alcohol treatments produced BACs in the range 0 - .15%. The police officers scored the performance of each test on a 1-10 scale, and on the basis of the entire battery judged whether the person should be arrested or released.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Southern California Research Institute

    2033 Pontius Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA  USA  90025

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Burns, M
    • Moskowitz, H
  • Publication Date: 1977-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 126 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00159368
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-802-424 Final Rpt., SCRI/TR-77/2
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-5-01242
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1978 12:00AM