[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 250 (Wednesday, December 31, 1997)]
[Pages 68347-68348]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-34136]



Office of the Secretary

Reports, Forms and Recordkeeping Requirements Agency Information 
Collection Activity Under OMB Review

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DOT.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information 
Collection Requests (ICRs) abstracted below have been forwarded to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs 
describe the nature of the information collections and their expected 
burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period 
soliciting comments on the information collection entitled ``Study of 
the First There, First Care National Campaign: An Intervention to Save 
Lives' (previously referred to as the ``Bystander Care Program'') was 
published on February 3, 1997 [62 FR, page 5066--5067] and on 
information collection entitled ``Development of Improved Driver 
Interview Procedures for Police Use at Checkpoints' was published on 
February 19, 1997 [62 FR 7494--7495].

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before January 30, 1998.

Collection Clearance Officer at (202) 366-2589.


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

    Title: Study of the First There, First Care National Campaign: An 
Intervention to Save Lives.
    OMB No.: 2127-NEW.
    Type of Request: Approval of a New Information Collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals ages 16 and older living in households 
with telephones within a population of two rural sites.
    Abstract: NHTSA will conduct a telephone survey as a major 
component of a two-site evaluation of its ``First There, First Care 
National Campaign'' Program. In accordance with the agency's mandate to 
reduce fatalities and economic loss resulting from motor vehicle 
crashes, this Program was established to encourage passerby to stop at 
rural crash sites, render life-saving assistance, and summon emergency 
medical services (EMS). The program is designed to raise public 
awareness of the importance of bystander care, and to teach the few 
basic skills necessary to recognize an emergency, start victims' 
breathing, stop victims' bleeding, and contact EMS. The data from the 
survey will be used to evaluate the extent to which the ``First There, 
First Care'' messages have reached the public in targeted areas, the 
extent to which these messages were successful in changing attitudes 
towards providing emergency care, and the extent to which the program 
improved knowledge needed to successfully provide emergency care.
    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 164 hours.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 640.
    Need: The findings will be used to judge the efficacy of the 
``First There, First Care'' Program. NHTSA will draw on this 
information when considering continuation, refinement, and expansion of 
the ``First There, First Care'' Program.

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    Title: Development of Improved Driver Interview Procedures for 
Police Use at Checkpoints.
    OMB No.: 2127-NEW.
    Type of Request: Approval of a New Information Collection.
    Affected Public: Drivers who are stopped at two sobriety checkpoint 
operations in one community and who are asked to voluntarily provide an 
alcohol breath sample.
    Abstract: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 
(NHTSA) plays a key role in the national effort to reduce alcohol 
related traffic injuries and deaths. One way the enforcement community 
has tried to combat this problem is by conducting sobriety checkpoints; 
however, there is evidence that many of the impaired drivers passing 
through these checkpoints are not detected by police. One component of 
this study is the observation by researchers of customary police 
interviewing practices at sobriety checkpoints. Behaviors and cues of 
interviewed drivers will be linked to their breath alcohol levels to 
develop more effective screening procedures. Breath samples will be 
obtained only from drivers who volunteer to participate in this study. 
Current data on the best ways to improve driver interviews by police at 
checkpoints do not exist.
    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 49 hours.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,000.
    Need: The findings from researcher observations of checkpoint 
operations will help determine whether further development of an 
improved battery of police interview procedures is warranted. If the 
results are positive, a field test will be conducted as part of this 
study to determine whether the new procedures are an improvement over 
those customarily used by police to detect drivers at illegal BACs. 
Should the findings from the field test be successful, a police 
training package, containing the improved procedures, will be developed 
and disseminated to police agencies. Improved interview procedures will 
help police officers at checkpoints make more accurate decisions 
regarding which drivers should or should not be detained for further 
sobriety testing. This should increase the efficiency of checkpoint 
operations. Such improvements should also heighten the public's 
perception of being apprehended for drunk driving at sobriety 

ADDRESSES: Send comments, within 30 days, to the Office of Information 
and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725-17th 
Street, NW, Washington, DC 20503, Attention DOT Desk Officer. Comments 
are invited on: whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the 
Department, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; the accuracy of the Department's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize 
the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including 
the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on December 23, 1997.
Vanester M. Williams,
Clearance Officer, United States Department of Transportation.
[FR Doc. 97-34136 Filed 12-30-97; 8:45 am]