AN ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT OF ASAP ON THE TRAFFIC SAFETY SYSTEM. FOURTH ANALYTIC STUDY

This paper describes the operation of the judicial system for disposition of DWI arrests through 1975 and provides data on the volume of such cases. Trends toward disposing of an increasing proportion of DWI cases through plea negotiation are displayed and the advantages and disadvantages of such a process are discussed. Disposition by various populations, by point within the system at which disposition is made, by court division, by blood alcohol concentration at time of arrest, and by other cases elements is provided. Numbers of cases coming before the court roughly doubled from 1971 to 1975. A discussion of "backlog" and "lag- time" concludes that these single-number indexes are too simplistic to adequately describe the range of time intervals between arrest and disposition, and provides other data on amount of time in system and numbers of cases awaiting disposition. A concluding section describes the way in which separate and independent elements of traditional alcohol/traffic safety control programs are developing new and productive interrelationships.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This study was sponsored by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, D.C., and Minnesota Department of Public Safety, St. Paul.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Hennepin County Alcohol Safety Action Project

    625 2nd Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN  USA  55402

    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

    School of Public Health, 420 Delaware
    Minneapolis, MN  USA  55455
  • Publication Date: 1976-5-30

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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 31 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141986
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-4-048-1-064
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2003 12:00AM