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Citizen reporting of DUI : extra eyes to identify impaired driving.
C 38513 [electronic version only]
Kelley-Baker, T. Lacey, J. Brainard, K. Kirk, H. & Taylor, E.
Washington, D.C., U.S. Department of Transportation DOT, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA, Office of Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection, 2006, X + 106 p., 24 ref.; DOT HS 810 647

Samenvatting The concept of citizen reporting of impaired driving has been in place for decades in the United States but has not been carefully evaluated as a separate countermeasure. NHTSA has taken the initiative to look more closely at a citizen reporting program to assess whether such programs are potentially effective in helping to reduce impaired driving. Montgomery County, Maryland, has created a highly focused variant of the citizen reporting concept, called Operation Extra Eyes, in which private citizens are trained in DUI detection cues and are equipped with communication devices so they can report suspected impaired drivers to the police more directly and quickly. Community volunteers are deployed during times of intensified enforcement, such as saturation patrols, allowing police to respond more quickly to potential violations. This activity is supplemented by student volunteers who are stationed in arrest processing areas and assist police officers in fulfilling DUI paperwork requirements. Information for this evaluation was gathered from interviews with key participants, from surveys of patrol officers, and from surveys of Motor Vehicle Administration customers. Additional data were obtained from State and local crash records. (Author/publisher)
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