Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.

DOT HS 810 647

2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient’s Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Citizen Reporting of DUI—Extra Eyes to Identify Impaired Driving

5. Report Date

September 2006

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)
Tara Kelley-Baker, John Lacey, Katharine Brainard, Hillary Kirk, and Eileen Taylor

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
11710 Beltsville Drive, Calverton, MD 20705
Phone: 301-755-2700 Fax: 301-755-2799

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Office of Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection
NTI-111, Room 5118
400 Seventh Street SW.
Washington, DC 20590
Telephone: 202-366-4913
Fax: 202-366-2766

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report (December 2002 –
December 2005)

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

15. Supplementary Notes

Joey Syner, Task Order Manager

16. Abstract

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.

17. Key Words

citizen reporting, impaired driving, DWI, DUI, “Extra Eyes

18. Distribution Statement

Copy available from the NHTSA Web page
and the National Technical Information Services (NTIS)at

19. Security Classif. (Of this report)

20. Security Classif. (Of this page)

21. No. of Pages

22. Price

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