Youth Impaired Driving Manual for Sheriffs DOT HS - 809214
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Assuring for safe and efficient motor vehicle travel is and always will be the primary goal of law enforcement and traffic safety professionals. However, one of the greatest impediments to achieving this objective is the impaired driver. To address this problem, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in cooperation with the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and law enforcement agencies nationwide, have made great strides in reducing incidents of alcohol and other drug related driving offenses. However, within this errant behavioral class, officials have identified a group of drivers who have exceptionally high alcohol-related fatality rates - the youthful driver (ages 15-20).

Combating underage drinking and driving in rural areas is a primary emphasis of sheriffs in their effort to protect the motoring public. By combining many of the proven methods of enforcement and education approaches outlined herein, with new or different programs, the desired results can be achieved. Youthful drivers are receptive to education and training because of their continuing learning environment and can be easily reached in large groups while still in school.

This publication is intended to focus on programs targeting the youthful offender by combining a variety of programs into one resource document. It targets needs of the rural sheriff but the information presented is broad enough for use by any law enforcement agency. Hopefully, it will encourage law enforcement officials to take the lead in working with other interested groups in a coordinated effort to reduce alcohol-related delinquency, especially as it relates to traffic offenses.

The information presented in this publication is based on the experiences and reflections of officials involved in a special educational pilot project, other state highway safety program coordinators, and from youth drinking enforcement practices proven successful in areas across the United States.