Monday, November 21, 2011

Research-DUI: different types of punishments

“The study in Section II on the effect of license suspension in the 3 years before Ohio implemented ALS and VA laws demonstrated that suspended DUI offenders had 38% to 43% fewer DUI convictions and 24% to 35% fewer crashes than did similar DUI offenders who were fully licensed."(NHTSA, 1999)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (1999). In Effectiveness of the Ohio Vehicle Action and Administration License Suspension Laws. Retrieved Nov. 21, 2011, from

This is an article that analyzed many statistics and performed experiments to study the effectiveness of suspending a license as a result of driving under the influence.  This study found that this is a good way to lower recidivism, but that many people do go on to drink and drive again even after having this punishment. This will be useful in my paper because I am studying the effectiveness of different DUI punishments.  I can use this quote as evidence to back my points.

"The results show that an ignition inter license restriction program can significantly reduce recidivism among drivers with multiple alcohol traffic violations."(Beck,1999)

Baker, B.A., Beck, K.H., Rauch, W.J., Williams, A.F. (1999). Effects of Ignition Interlock License Restrictions on Drivers With Multiple Alcohol Offenses: A Randomized Trial in Maryland. American Journal of Public Health, 89(11), 1696.

This article also does a really good job of talking about the effects of a type of program that was put in place to try to lower the amount of people that drive under the influence of drugs. There are some negative components of this article, like the fact that it is very old, however it contains reliable information from a well conducted experiment.  It provides very detailed explanations of the experiments findings and I would be able to use this to back my argument that Ignition Interlock is one of the most effective ways to reduce recidivism. 

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