SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT OF DRUNKEN DRIVING IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA

A sizable increase in drunken driving arrests was one of the major outcomes of the City of Phoenix Alcohol Safety Action Project. Given additional allocation of police resources, it was possible to raise the arrest rate 60% during the project's first year. A total of 11,729 citations were written in 1976, an increase of 75% from the 1971 baseline year. The ASAP motorcycle squad accounted for 20% of all arrests and exerted a catalytic effect on the performance of regular police officers. Analysis of sector rotation data revealed that many more drunken drivers could be apprehended if additional officers were assigned this task. Nevertheless, the subjective probability of arrest remained low, with less than one third of the driving public believing the risk of apprehension to be high. /Author/

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    • This study was sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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    National Safety Council

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  • Authors:
    • Clay, T R
    • Swenson, P R
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00189991
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-024 338
  • Contract Numbers: 057701, DOT-HS-052-1-068
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1979 12:00AM