This paper describes activity called "ASAP Patrol" increasing enforcement of DWI laws, the system under which police agencies furnish extra patrolling services to accomplish increase in DWI arrests, the tools and techniques employed, and the special training provided. The impact of ASAP Patrol on regular patrol productivity and on other elements of the traffic safety system is examined. The increase in DWI arrests in Hennepin County and in the participating vs. non-participating departments is examined. Cost and manpower data is furnished. A descussion of the relationships and interactions of the enforcement countermeasures with other elements of the traffic safety system is provided. Two special studies in the enforcement area are also included. The first reports on a study which examines the incidence of alcohol related speeding. It concludes that the use of speeding as a method of DWI detection can be approximately as effective as selective patrolling during night-time hours. The second study is a survey of police officers on topics including knowledge of DWI law and related drinking-driving issues. While a very low knowledge level might hinder DWI enforcement, officer motivation and department policy were found to be the major factors influencing DWI arrest productivity. /Author/

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

    Hennepin County Alcohol Safety Action Project

    625 2nd Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55402
  • Authors:
    • Romslo, F
    • Schaefer, D A
  • Publication Date: 1976-5-30

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 78 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141988
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-048-1-064
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2003 12:00AM