The Road Crew Project
The Road Crew project, funded by a discretionary grant
from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
applies social marketing concepts to reduce drunk driving and
alcohol-related crashes primarily involving young male drivers.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of
Transportation Safety led a statewide project team, in
collaboration with the University of Wisconsin School of
Business, Miller Brewing Company, and the Tavern League of
Wisconsin, that helped develop community-based strategies for
providing and promoting alternative transportation services
designed to separate drivers from their vehicles before they
took their first drink.
This year-long demonstration project gave almost 20,000 rides to
potential drunk drivers in three rural Wisconsin communities.
The evaluation indicated these rides resulted in an estimated
17% reduction in drunk driving crashes in those areas. Road
Crew methods and lessons learned are being made available to
communities throughout the United States via this final report
to NHTSA and the program Toolbox.
Report on Ignition Interlock Devices (IID) and Vehicle
Immobilization The Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation
Safety, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Family
Services, worked with representatives of law enforcement, the
legal community, and alcohol assessment agencies to provide a
comprehensive review of IIDs and vehicle immobilization in
accordance with 1999 Wisconsin Act 109 Section 88(3).
The study involved extensive dialogue with legal professionals,
law enforcement professionals and local, alcohol assessment
agencies, and IID vendors; a review of existing literature, and
an analysis including opinions on the use of IIDs and other
vehicle sanctions. The following, final report was distributed
to the Legislature and Governor on December 26, 2003 and
includes the study findings focusing on legal and technical
aspects of IIDs and vehicle immobilization, their effectiveness,
implementation and legislative considerations for Wisconsin.
Phone Use in Motor Vehicle Crashes The Wisconsin State Patrol, in conjunction with the
Wisconsin Department of Transportationís Division of Motor Vehicles
and Bureau of Transportation
Safety surveyed a limited number of crashes in Wisconsin in an attempt to
determine if there was any relation between the use of cell phones by drivers
involved in crashes and the crashes themselves. Its intent was to provide an
introduction to the issue of motorist cell phone use and to prompt further discussion, research and queries.
publications Contains traffic crash facts, alcohol traffic crash facts
and motorcycle crash facts as well as special interest
monographs on seatbelt use, deer crashes, and traffic safety
report summaries Statewide summaries of information on traffic crashes,
deaths and injuries. The information is broken down into
specific categories including number and type of crashes,
numbers of people killed and injured, severity of injuries,
contributing factors, ages and roles, and age of drivers.
Evaluation of Alternatives to Incarceration for Repeat
This 2001 consultant report was prepared by the Dieringer
Research Group (Milwaukee, WI) under contract to the Department
of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Safety. The
study was undertaken as a joint effort by the Departments of
Transportation, Corrections and Health and Family Services, as
required in 1999 Wisconsin Act 109, Section 88(1). The
report evaluates the use of treatment programs and other
alternatives as ways to reduce the length of or need for
incarceration for repeat drunk driving. For a concluding
summary and interpretation of the study findings, see the fifth
report, titled "Final Analysis."