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.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with University of South Florida, Tampa. Dept. of Criminal Justice.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas A&M University, College Station

    Department of Aerospace Engineering
    College Station, TX  United States  77843

    University of South Florida, Tampa

    Center for Urban Transportation Research, 4202 East Fowler Avenue
    Tampa, FL  United States  33620-5375

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Blount, W R
    • Westra, D P
  • Publication Date: 1977-5

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  • Pagination: 39 p.

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Filing Info

  • 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