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Title:Community Leader and Law Enforcement DUI Survey, 2013
Authors:Kimberly Vachal and Andrew Kubas
Publication Date:Oct 2013
Report #:DP-269
TRID #:01497827
Keywords:drunk driving, law enforcement personnel, penalties, state laws, surveys, traffic conviction
Type:Research Report – Department Publications


Driving under the influence is a dangerous activity and is especially problematic in North Dakota. To curtail rates of impaired driving, it is important to examine the actions of those that have firsthand involvement with DUI prevention: prosecutors, community leaders, and law enforcement personnel. A survey was administered to leaders across the state. It included ranking, ordering, and fill-in-the-blank response questions. Statistical analyses were performed to study differences across respondent groups, administrative regions, and with regard to traffic-related work loads. Results show that DUI citation and conviction rates differ and are contingent upon one's job title, geographic location, and time spent on traffic related calls for service. Imprisonment is viewed as the most effective deterrent to impaired driving, and two funding resources – North Dakota Department of Transportation High-Visibility Enforcement Grants and North Dakota Highway Patrol Roving Patrols – were rated as most important in stopping driving after drinking. Changes can be made to ensure higher conviction rates, and new strategies can be used to discourage impaired driving. North Dakota DUI penalties lag considerably behind other states, and modifications to the state's legislation could reduce future instances of this hazardous behavior.

How to Cite

Vachal, Kimberly, and Andrew Kubas. Community Leader and Law Enforcement DUI Survey, 2013, DP-269. North Dakota State University, Fargo: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, 2013.

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