NEW HAMPSHIRE ALCOHOL SAFETY ACTION PROJECT. ANALYSIS OF THE ADJUDICATION OF ALCOHOL RELATED TRAFFIC ARRESTS

During the years of ASAP operation in New Hampshire, arrests for operating under the influence of alcohol (DWI) increased almost four fold from the annual rates experienced in the years before the project. This increase in arrests has not adversely affected the adjudication of DWI cases. For example, 89 percent of the persons arrested and arraigned as first offenders in 1976 were found guilty, the same rate as occurred in 1971. Most DWI cases are adjudicated within about one month of the arrest, with this time span having remained relatively stable despite the increased caseload. Of 8,578 persons arrested for DWI in 1976, 1090 had blood alcohol levels below .10 percent and were not arraigned. Of the remainder, 6,789 had been adjudicated as of April 1977 while the rest (699) were outstanding. Of the 6,300 persons charged as first offenders, 31 percent contested the case, with this rate being essentially unchanged over the years. Eighty nine percent of first offenders were found guilty and just under 10 percent appealed. The average fine in 1976 first offense cases was $160, a figure that has been increasing gradually over the years. The most common license revocation period was 60 days followed by a variable length revocation associated with court referral to the ASAP. Comparisons of the individual courts in the system shows variation in first offense conviction rates from 66 to 100 percent, a range of average fines from $78 to $215 and a range of appeal rates from zero to 29 percent.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Dunlap and Associates, Incorporated.
  • Corporate Authors:

    New Hampshire Alcohol Safety Action Project

    Concord, NH  United States  03301

    Dunlap and Associates Incorporated

    One Parkland Drive
    Darien, CT  United States  06820

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    Office of Driver and Pedestrian Programs, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Ulmer, R G
    • Jacobs, H H
  • Publication Date: 1977-6

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  • Pagination: 32 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197326
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-803-180 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-055-1-071
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1979 12:00AM