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Systematic Review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: October 2008

In this Cochrane systematic review, the Cochrane Collaborative found that increased police patrols may reduce motor vehicle crashes and deaths related to drunk driving. However, researchers noted that the studies in the review were low quality, which means the available evidence does not clearly show that increased police patrols reduce the harmful outcomes of drunk driving.  Almost all programs in the studies also included other interventions, like community information programs, media campaigns, and special training for police officers.

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Goss, C.W., Van Bramer, L.D., Gliner, J.A., Porter, T.R., Roberts, I.G. & DiGuiseppi, C. (2008). Increased police patrols for preventing alcohol_impaired driving. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2008  (4). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005242.pub2