SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT ANALYSIS (1976): INCLUDING A REPORT ON THE EFFECT OF PORTABLE BREATH TEST DEVICES ON DETECTION/APPREHENSION OF DRINKING DRIVERS. TAMPA ASAP ANALYTIC STUDY NUMBER 3
The study was concerned with the performance of the selective enforcement unit funded by the Tampa ASAP. The report contains three sections: Section I providing a detailed description of the selective enforcement countermeasures and arrest procedures; Section II summarizing the performance and efficiency of the selective enforcement squads with comparisons to regular patrols; and Section III presenting the results of a special pre-arrest breath test study. A significant increase in alcohol related arrests was noted immediately after the initiation of the 21 additional selective enforcement officers. The arrest rate remained high throughout the life of the project, although a general reduction in the number of arrests was seen in the last project year. The one year experiment comparing non-ASAP officers with a portable breath testing device (PABT) available to them and non-ASAP officers without a PABT device available to them indicated a significant increase in alcohol related arrests for officers with the device. Neither the experimental nor the control officers were aware of their participation in the study. Further, the six months between officer selection and the actual issue of the PABT's showed nonsignificant differences in the alcohol related arrest rate for the two groups. No significant change in arrested driver BAC was found.
- Prepared in cooperation with University of South Florida, Tampa. Dept. of Criminal Justice.
Texas A&M University, College StationDepartment of Aerospace Engineering
College Station, TX United States 77843
University of South Florida, TampaCenter for Urban Transportation Research, 4202 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL United States 33620-5375
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Blount, W R
- Westra, D P
- Publication Date: 1977-5
- Pagination: 39 p.
- TRT Terms: Alcohol breath tests; Arrests; Drunk drivers; Drunk driving; Equipment tests; Law enforcement; Police; Prevention; Safety; Traffic crashes; Traffic law enforcement; Traffic safety
- Identifier Terms: Alcohol Safety Action Program
- Uncontrolled Terms: Motor vehicle accidents
- Geographic Terms: Florida
- Old TRIS Terms: Asap (Alcohol safety action program); Test equipment
- Subject Areas: Highways; Safety and Human Factors; Security and Emergencies;
- Accession Number: 00197666
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-804-021 Final Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-062-1-080
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Sep 15 1979 12:00AM