ERIC Number: ED418366
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Presidential Initiative on Drugs, Driving, and Youth: Recommendations from the Secretary of Transportation and the Director of National Drug Control Policy.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (DOT), Washington, DC.; Office of National Drug Control Policy, Washington, DC.
This document presents official responses to President Clinton's October 19, 1996 radio address urging stronger measures to reduce the incidence of teen's driving while under the influence of drugs. The document begins by reviewing background information concerning state laws, enforcement issues, drug testing, and prevention as they relate to youth drug use. Numerous general and specific recommendations in answer to President Clinton's directives are discussed. Some of the general recommendations include the following: (1) a systematic strategy to reduce drug-impaired driving can address both Presidential goals; (2) drug testing for driver's license applicants can be an effective component of this systematic strategy; (3) strong state laws provide the basis for a systematic approach; (4) current programs for law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges are effective but should be implemented more widely; (5) publicity and education programs are essential components to changing behavior; and (6) prevention and treatment are fundamental elements that must be incorporated into the complete system. In addition to the costs and schedule for implementation of these suggestions, some specific recommendations are provided: (1) conduct pre-licensure drug testing demonstration program in several states; (2) improve state drugged driving laws through incentive grants; (3) enhance law enforcement, prosecution, adjudication, and research for drugged driving; and (4) expand prevention, education, and treatment for drug use and drugged driving. (MKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (DOT), Washington, DC.; Office of National Drug Control Policy, Washington, DC.