Researcher: Melissa Walden, Ph.D., P.E.
Sponsor: Texas Department of Transportation
What’s the Problem?
The Administrative License Revocation (ALR) process gives law officers the right to suspend a driver’s license if the person is found guilty of driving while intoxicated. However, the ALR was passed in 1995 and has only undergone limited evaluation. Further study could help identify areas of strength and weakness by examining the effectiveness of the ALR procedure and the impact it has on deterrence.
What’s the Solution?
This project will build on existing data analysis and look into the cost benefit/cost return of ALR by studying the policy’s impact on multiple counties to determine its deterrence of impaired driving. The last goal of the project is to evaluate the ALR hearing process and the impact the process has on criminal proceedings. To continue further research about ALR, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) will also establish a data collection policy so that information can be gathered on an annual basis. TTI will use surveys and focus groups to gather data on whether citizens are aware of ALR and the legal consequences associated with impaired driving. A follow-up survey will be conducted to gather data from prosecutors and defense attorneys to examine the perceived impact of ALR on criminal proceedings.
For more information contact Melissa Walden.