EVALUATION AND SYSTEM DESCRIPTION OF ASAP JUDICIAL SYSTEMS. VOLUME III: IDAHO CASE STUDY

The objective of the Idaho case study was to examine the operation of a state-wide ASAP system with a progressive judicial system structure (Idaho has a unified, state-wide court system and centrally administered pre-sentence investigation) and the impact of stringent drinking-driver control laws (i.e. .08% BAC presumptive limit and mandatory penalties) on that system. The study found that the magistrate courts continued to have widely varying practices in the handling of drinking-driving cases, despite court unification. Inadequate pre-sentence investigation resources were thinly spread over a large jurisdiction. This created management problems, and uneven results since many courts did not have access to the investigators. The widespread use of withheld judgements and inadequate records, as well as general reluctance to convict on a drinking-driving charge at BAC levels below .15%, all combined to thwart the intent of drinking-driving laws.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 2, PB-285950, and Volume 4, PB-285952. Also available in set of 6 reports PC E14, PB-285 948-SET.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Indiana University, Bloomington

    Institute for Research in Public Safety
    Bloomington, IN  United States  47401

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Palmer, J A
    • Ripberger, R J
    • Skelton, D T
    • Scrimgeour, G J
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 88 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186070
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-803-470 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-4-00958
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1979 12:00AM