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Impaired Driving in Rural Jurisdictions: Problems and Solutions

Impaired Driving in Rural Jurisdictions: Problems and Solutions (2016) This report contains a comprehensive overview of the current status of impaired driving in rural jurisdictions - not only to raise awareness about it, but also to provide a foundation for informed discussion about strategies to address it. This report describes the context and features of the impaired driving problem in rural areas, highlights some of the barriers to progress, and includes a summary of some of the diverse strategies that have been implemented by jurisdictions. The report also provides practical guidance in relation to operational practices that can enhance impaired driving programs in rural areas, and underscores some of the most salient research issues that need to be addressed in the next decade

This initiative was made possible by a charitable contribution from Anheuser-Busch and is based on Proceedings of the 9th Annual Working Group on DWI System Improvements.

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The DWI Dashboard: A Tool to Monitor Impaired Driving Progress

The DWI Dashboard: A Tool to Monitor Impaired Driving Progress (2015) is based upon the development of a flexible, user-friendly tool to assist U.S. jurisdictions in monitoring their own progress in reducing impaired driving with funding from Anheuser-Busch. The tool, known as the DWI Dashboard, was created by developing an impaired driving model that incorporated a broad range of indicators that research showed can influence progress, including the presence and use of countermeasures, and related environmental and contextual factors. It was then applied in 8 jurisdictions (Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia) to identify the most useful indicators within the model that could be included in the tool. The objective of this work was to help states capture information that they could use to increase understanding of why they are or are not making more progress in reducing impaired driving prevalence, deaths and injuries.

The DWI Dashboard was reviewed at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements, held is Phoenix, Arizona in November 2013.

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Effective Strategies

Performance Measures in the DWI System (2014) is based upon the discussions held at the 8th Annual Meeting of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements held in St. Louis in September 2011. The report is designed to inform practitioners, program administrators, and policymakers about the most commonly available performance measures that currently exist at each phase of the system, their strengths and limitations, and opportunities to strengthen the measurement of impaired driving progress. It was created through input from practitioners and provides context to inform decisions about performance measures, describes what measures generally exist, and identifies recommendations to improve existing measures for the system as a whole.

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Effective Strategies

Effective Strategies to Reduce Drunk Driving (2011) is based upon discussions held at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements. This report contains a complete overview of research, implementation issues, barriers and strategies to address them, in order to provide context for the application of strategies. Effective tools are described in the report, including: alcohol monitoring technologies; screening, assessment and treatment; DWI courts; community supervision; traffic safety resource prosecutors (TSRPs); and, impaired driving data systems. The report is designed to increase knowledge and understanding in the implementation of effective and proven strategies to reduce drunk driving, and methods to maximize their effectiveness in preventing drunk-driving deaths on American roadways.  

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Understanding Drunk Driving (2010) is also based upon discussions held at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements. It contains information to increase understanding of the drunk driving problem and the criminal justice system in which it is managed. It also includes important information to dispel common myths and misconceptions about the problem. The purpose is to clarify the facts about impaired driving and different facets of the issue to support informed decisions about effective solutions.

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Funding Impaired Driving Initiatives (2010) is also based upon discussions held at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements. This guide demonstrates how the level of available funding for the drunk driving problem in past decades has directly affected the problem, and, in part, limited progress in reducing fatalities and injuries. It describes the importance not only of sufficient funding but of proper allocation of such funds to ensure that impaired driving initiatives are properly implemented and that they deliver the promised results. In addition, it contains recommendations to help agencies locate sources of funding and protect current funding, increase their bargaining power, and identify and facilitate access to previously untapped resources.

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Impaired Driving Data: A Key to Solving the Problem (2010) is based upon discussions held at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements. This guide illustrates the value of good data about impaired driving to inform decision-making at all levels of the justice system and the consequences of using poor quality data. It also describes some of the barriers that can impede the collection of high quality data and recommendations for change. Finally, it identifies some of the key pieces of data that are critical to guide decision-making to improve the DWI system.

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The report Impaired Driving Priorities: A Criminal Justice Perspective (2009) is based upon discussions held at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements. It contains a list of top recommendations regarding offender-based initiatives that are considered by a diverse body of seasoned justice professionals to be critical in reducing impaired driving in the coming years. These recommendations (categorized according to research; programs and interventions; and system effectiveness) are based upon a justice practitioner perspective regarding what strategies are needed to improve the system at all levels and reduce the number of injuries, fatalities, and overall social costs of impaired driving.

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The publication Improving Cooperation and Communication: A Report from the Working Group on DWI System Improvements (2008) is also based upon discussions held at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements. This brochure is designed to help agencies identify common barriers to cooperation and communication. It also provides insight into practical ways that these issues can be addressed. More importantly, it also contains a brief survey that will help agencies gauge how well they are doing.

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The report Screening, Assessment, and Treatment of DWI Offenders: A Guide for Justice Professionals and Policymakers (2008) is based upon discussions held at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements. It seeks to inform justice professionals and policymakers about the importance of screening, assessment, and treatment of DWI offenders, examines the strengths and limitations of the process and issues related to it, and identifies a number of priority recommendations for improving the application of quality screening, assessment, and treatment to DWI offenders.

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10 Steps to a Strategic Review of the DWI System: A Guidebook for Policymakers (2007) was created from the proceedings of the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Working Group. It is a guide that provides states with a process and perspective in conducting a strategic review of the criminal DWI system. Practitioners have created a framework for conducting a DWI task force review that contains ten important steps. This process can lead to collaboration between professionals and legislators/policymakers to develop strategies to reduce impaired driving.

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A Criminal Justice Perspective on Ignition Interlocks (2007) was also created from the proceedings of the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Working Group. The goal of this document is to communicate the needs of those professionals implicated in the delivery of ignition interlock applications in a criminal justice setting. Its purpose is to inform the development of effective delivery mechanisms in the justice system to ensure that interlocks maximize their potential to reduce impaired driving. The document also highlights the educational and system requirements needed to improve program delivery.

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2003

The report DWI System Improvements: Stopping the Revolving Door (2003) was the impetus for the creation of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements. It focused on consolidating information gleaned from four previously released, comprehensive reports that clearly delineated problems at all phases in the criminal DWI system and focused in detail on how to stop what is a revolving door for hard core repeat offenders. Its purpose is to highlight the most significant improvements that can be made in the criminal justice system to address the drunk driving problem and to facilitate action. The Traffic Injury Research Foundation facilitated the formation of the Working Group to advance the recommendations contained within this report.

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