Principal Investigator: James C. Fell
(5/4/2010 - 7/3/2013) Proposal Abstract
Dunlap and Associates, Inc., in partnership with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), is pleased to have the opportunity to respond to NHTSA's request for a proposal titled "Evaluation of Washington State Target Zero Teams Project." Dunlap and PIRE bring to this effort unique and substantial experience in the area of evaluating impaired driving enforcement programs. Both organizations are currently focused on studying the role of impaired driving in highway safety and maintain a commitment to conducting high-quality and objective research in this area. The results of this proposed study are expected to provide policy makers with important findings as they endeavor to reduce the fatalities, injuries, property damage, and societal costs of impaired driving. We feel that Dunlap-PIRE provides NHTSA with an especially well-qualified team to conduct this study. Both Dunlap and PIRE have a good working relationship with highway safety officials in Washington State who are committed to sound evaluations of their programs and understand and value the working relationships with Dunlap and PIRE formed on previous and ongoing research projects in the State. These relationships place our team in a unique position to get up and running before the initiation of the Target Zero Teams (TZT) program. Directly related to this proposed effort are a number of studies awarded by NHTSA to Dunlap and to PIRE that put our team in a unique position to conduct this evaluation in an efficient and highly competent manner. Many of these projects are enumerated in the resumes of our proposed staff. For example, Dunlap recently completed a rigorous evaluation of the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) program in Washington (Nerup et al., 2006; Thomas, Blomberg, Peck, Cosgrove, & Salzberg, 2008) and is currently evaluating the Washington State Nighttime Seat Belt Enforcement (NTSBE) program. Dunlap is also conducting a statewide evaluation of the West Virginia Lifesavers program to determine its possible role in the State's relatively high seat belt use rate for a secondary law State.