The Alcohol Safety Action Project was contracted for in 1971 in the Northern Virginia area as a federal demonstration project. Indepth evaluation provided the basis for management decisions concerning the major countermeasure areas--enforcement, rehabilitation, judicial and public information. Several aspects of the program have been successful. Arrests for DWI increased dramatically and now appear to be a stable component of regular police activity. Judicial procedures have been modified to allow for the increased caseload. After some experimentation, time between arrest, ASAP intake, treatment completion and final disposition has been lessened. The number and variety of available treatments for alcohol problems in the area have multiplied. After initial resistance, there has been a general acceptance of the notion that persons with alcohol problems can enter education or treatment programs prior to severe crises and that these persons need not be volunteers. Legislation establishing a statewide program has been enacted, and eight ASAP's were operational by the end of 1976. These local ASAPs are supported by fee systems that should make them self-sufficient within two years. On the other hand, problems could also be cited. Many practical difficulties could be mentioned. Arrests overloaded the system and caused problems as soon as operations began. The shifting of the components of ASAP from one bureaucratic organization to another created problems in reorganization, changes in budgeting, personnel policies, etc. All of these practical problems as well as many others were dealt with and solutions were achieved.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored in part by the Virginia Highway Safety Division.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Project

    3251 Old Lee Highway
    Fairfax, VA  United States  22030

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Virginia Department of Highways

    Traffic and Planning Division, 1221 East Broad Street
    Richmond, VA  United States  23219
  • Authors:
    • Clark, S G
  • Publication Date: 1978-6-30

Media Info

  • Pagination: 43 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00192232
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-803-984 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-067-1-087
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM