The report summarizes the performance and accomplishments of the Hennepin County ASAP, a community level demonstration project to test effectiveness of programs to control the drinking driver. Ultimate objective was to reduce motor vehicle crash losses. Period of performance was 1972-1976. All traffic deaths decreased from annual average of 126 during baseline years 1969-1971 to annual average of 98 during ASAP operational years 1972-1976. Proportion of fatally injured drivers in Hennepin County with illegal (greater than 10%) blood alcohol concentrations declined from 55% during 1970 and 1971 to less than 40% in 1975 and 1976. Corresponding percentages for neighboring counties went from 44% to 55% while the balance of the state remained constant over time near 50%. Driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrests increased from 3,414 in 1971 to 6,673 in 1976, peaking at 8,325 in 1974 when the greatest amount of ASAP-funded extra police patrolling was done. A system of presentence investigation (alcohol problems assessment) for drivers convicted of alcohol related charges, with referral to rehabilitation programs was devised by ASAP, accepted by the courts, and adopted statewide by legislation. Convicted drivers receiving PSI and referral were re-arrested for a subsequent DWI half as often as those receiving only conventional penalties. Public information and education programs resulted in significant increase in public knowledge and awareness, concern, and willingness to take action.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Hennepin County Alcohol Safety Action Project

    625 2nd Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55402

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Lowery, F
    • Romslo, F
    • Westling, J
    • MCGRATH, B
  • Publication Date: 1977-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 70 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197612
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HCASAP/FR-677, DOT-HS-804-464
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-048-1-064
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 28 2002 12:00AM