COURT SYSTEMS FOR DRINKING DRIVERS

The misdemeanor courts charged with enforcing driving under intoxication (DUI) laws have long been plagued with backlogs and delays, as well as a tendency toward leniency in dealing with DUI offenders. As a result, administrative adjudication by the licensing or other agency has become increasingly popular. This situation existed when the Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) began working with the misdemeanor courts in 35 states. ASAP worked at integrating the misdemeanor courts into the ASAP system. ASAP-developed court systems are characterized by a tendency to minimize trials and to use the threat of sanctions to coerce attendance at treatment agencies. Under ASAP, the courts have begun to cooperate extensively with other agencies in dealing with DUI offenders and have frequently become leaders in the system. Although ASAP has not yet demonstrated effectiveness at reducing alcohol-related crashes and fatalities, it has had a significant positive impact on the court system.

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    National Safety Council

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    Chicago, IL  United States  60611
  • Authors:
    • Scrimgeour, G J
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00188949
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1979 12:00AM