DUI Task Force Experiment
Research indicates that globally, approximately three out of ten people are involved in alcohol-related accidents in their lifetime. It is notable that 75% of drivers charged of driving while impaired are either drunkards or alcoholics (Robin, 1991). In order to eradicate the problem, countries have come up with DUI taskforces that though have not totally eradicated the problem, have helped reduce the alcohol related-accidents on our roads. As the Shift Lt. in charge of a DUI task force for my small department, this is a very specialized and expensive component of my department’s efforts to reduce driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol. Therefore, I was prompted to do a research on the success of my task force for the past 6 months and to present the findings to the Chief and Deputy Chief at a Command Briefing. My task force that has been involved in a 6-month span reduction of the number of alcohol-related consists of 12 mobile units, each with an officer having specialized training and two K9 units. Therefore, this report summarizes the research experiment including the design used and the methods of collecting data used.
The research involved conducting an experiment hence the experimental design was used for the study. This involves the allocation of participants to different conditions; there was an experimental group and a control group. In the first three months of the research, officers with no special training on how to curb DUI were sent to the roads. This acted as the control group. After three months of the experiment, there was no significant reduction or change in the number of alcohol-related accidents on the roads. This was because the officers lacked the necessary skills required in eradicating DUI. In the second three months of the research, officers with specialized training on how to fight DUI were sent to the roads. This was the experimental group. After three months, it was noted that there was a great reduction of alcohol-related accidents on the roads. This indicates that the second batch officers used their skills effectively in fighting DUI.
Various methods of data collection were vital during the research. To begin with, the officers in the field filled questionnaires about the alcohol-related accidents. Besides, other officers were interviewed on their views on the training they had received on how to eradicated DUI among drivers.
It is worth noting that there were a good number of outcomes or findings of the mock experiment. To begin with, it was found out that intoxicated driving results to the death of at least 1 person everyday in various places. It was also found out that unless officers put strict measures, 30% of DUI will repeat the offense. The other finding was that repeat offenders seem to have higher rates of alcoholism and alcohol related problems. The other finding was that if specialized training is given to officers who deal with traffic, then the number of alcohol-related accidents will decrease drastically (Overbey, 2010).
It should be noted that there are major threats to the internal and external validity of the experiment that was carried out and others that may be carried out in the future. For instance, corruption among officials who despite their specialized training will be bribed hence will be unable to curb DUI among drivers is a threat to the validity of such an experiment. Moreover, if governments of countries fail to come up with strict policies and laws that deal with drivers found driving under the influence of alcohol; this will be a threat to the validity of such an experiment (Porter, 2011).
Overbey, C. (2010). Drinking and driving war in America. Lexington, Ky: Lulu.
Porter, B. E. (2011). Handbook of Traffic Psychology. Burlington: Elsevier Science.
Robin, G. D. (1991). Waging the battle against drunk driving: Issues, countermeasures, and effectiveness. New York: Greenwood Press.