The present study concerns the enforcement effort directed at apprehending intoxicated drivers in New Orleans. The New Orleans Alcohol Safety Action Project (NOASAP) has funded a special unit within the New Orleans Police Department whose mission is limited to the detection and apprehension of drunken drivers. The arrests generated by this unit as well as arrests generated by the rest of the police force are the basis for the other ASAP counter measure systems. This report covers the period 1972 through 1976 encompassing both the original ASAP period, 1972-1974, and the continuation project period, 1975-1976. The Alcohol Safety Enforcement Section (ASES) concentrates its activities from 9:00 P.M. to 5:00 A.M. Tuesday through Saturday nights. During the continuation period a sequence of saturation patrols limited to selected areas of the city was introduced, a change from the previous enforcement strategy of city-wide patrolling. During saturation patrolling arrests in some areas increased and accidents decreased. The ASES patrols arrest drunken drivers whose blood alcohol content is lower than individuals arrested by regular units. Although there is no 'drying up' effect seen in the analysis of the saturation patrolling experiment, there is evidence that the average BAC of drunken drivers arrested in New Orleans has declined while the project has been in operation.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Data Industries, Inc., Metairie, LA.
  • Corporate Authors:

    New Orleans Alcohol Safety Action Project

    705 Lafayette
    New Orleans, LA  United States  70130

    Data Industries, Incorporated

    3444 Olympic Drive
    Metairie, LA  United States  70003

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Duffy, J
    • Hebert, C J
  • Publication Date: 1977-6-30

Media Info

  • Pagination: 41 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197676
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-803-128 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-059-1-076
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1979 12:00AM