A SUMMARY OF SD (SOUTH DAKOTA): ASAP (ALCOHOL SAFETY ACTION) PROJECT) EFFORTS AND THEIR IMPACT ON HIGHWAY SAFETY

The report summarizes the 4-1/2 year, 2.5 million dollar South Dakota ASAP project in terms of the major countermeasure activity, productivity and ultimate impact on countermeasure activity, productivity and ultimate impact on alcohol related traffic accidents. The major operational expenditure, $715,000, went to law enforcement; this allocation proved to be highly successful as DWI arrests more than tripled from pre-ASAP arrest rates. The decision/treatment processes ubsystem supported pre-sentence investigation, prosecution, referral and drinker rehabilitation activities at a cost of $650,000. It can be shown that pre-sentence investigation and drinker diagnosis are effective in homogeneously grouping problem drinkers according to the status of their problem. Referrals to rehabilitation alternatives were based on the drinker diagnosis; it could not be shown, however, that any treatment program was effective in modifying drunk driving behavior. Public information and education received the least funding, $55,000. These expenditures were restricted to non-mass media campaigns, and any increase in project or problem recognition was slight and temporary. The best estimate of the project's influence on alcohol related traffic accidents was an immediate, small and temporary reduction. Post-project follow-up data do suggest, however, that the project maintained a dampening effect of a potentially increasing trend during the operational period.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of South Dakota, Vermillion

    Human Factors Laboratory
    Vermillion, SD  USA  57069

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    Office of Driver and Pedestrian Programs, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Krause, P B
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

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  • Pagination: 55 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197712
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HFL-78-2 Final Rpt., DOT-HS-804-249
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-6-01416
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 15 1980 12:00AM