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1. Report No.
DOT HS 809 308
2. Government Accession No.
3. Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle

A Study of Outstanding DWI Warrants

5. Report Date

July 2001

6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)

Wiliszowski, C.H.; Rodriguez-Iglesias, C.E.; Lacey J.H.; Jones, R.K.; Cyr, E.

8. Performing Organization Report No.
9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Mid-America Research Institute

611 Main Street

Winchester, MA 01890

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)
11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation
400 Seventh Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered
Final Report
14. Sponsoring Agency Code
15. Supplementary Notes

Amy Berning was the Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) for this project.

16. Abstract

This final report documents a project on how outstanding warrants are handled for individuals who have been charged or convicted of offenses related to driving while impaired / intoxicated, but who have absconded or defaulted in either court appearances or in fulfilling sanctions. The specific project objectives were to identify the nature and extent of the DWI outstanding warrant problem, including the situations which lead to the issuance of such warrants, and to identify promising strategies that jurisdictions are using to eliminate or minimize this problem in their communities. These objectives were met utilizing focus groups; site studies, including a review of pertinent data; and in-depth reviews of three innovative programs for dealing with outstanding DWI warrants. The main finding was that a widespread lack of resources and data systems able to assess the situation and identify problems make it difficult to quantify the numbers of outstanding warrants related to DWI offenses and devise solutions. The findings, along with conclusions and recommendations, are provided in this report.

17. Key Words

Warrants, Outstanding Warrants, Arrest Warrants, Bench Warrants, Wants, Order-Ins, DWI, DUI, Drunk Driving, Default

18. Distribution Statement

This report is available to the public from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Springfield, VA 22161 (703) 605-6000. It is also available, free of charge, on the NHTSA web site at www.nhtsa.dot.gov.

19. Security Classif. (of this report)
20. Security Classif. (of this page)
21. No. of Pages
22. Price

Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72) Reproduction of completed page authorized