Characteristics of DUI offenders convicted in wet, dry, and moist counties

J. Matthew Webster, Jody H. Pimentel, David B. Clark

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Although several studies have examined the effectiveness of local alcohol sales policies on reducing the incidence of driving under the influence (DUI), less is known about whether characteristics of DUI offenders convicted in alcohol-restricted areas differ from those convicted in areas where alcohol is more readily available. A total of 21,647 DUI assessment records were divided into four groups based on the alcohol sales policy of the county of conviction and were compared. DUI offenders convicted in counties that limit or ban the sale of alcohol were more likely to be male, have more drug problems, meet DSM-IV-TR substance abuse or dependence criteria, and have multiple DUI convictions. Implications for practitioners and policy makers are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)976-982
Number of pages7
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by a contract from the Kentucky Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse; Matthew Webster, Principal Investigator; and by the staff and resources of the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research at the University of Kentucky. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence in Scottsdale, AZ in June 2006. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent the position of the Kentucky Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.


  • Alcohol sales
  • Assessment
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Law
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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