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

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

Jeff Michael
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
4 October 2018

[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 193 (Thursday, October 4, 2018)]
[Pages 50143-50144]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-21623]



National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket Number: NHTSA-2017-0057]

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

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) 
abstracted below is being forwarded to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for review and comments. The ICR describes the nature of 
the information collection and its expected burden. A Federal Register 
Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting public comments on the 
following information collection was published on September 6, 2017. 
This notice addresses comments received.

DATES: Written comments should be submitted on or before November 5, 

ADDRESSES: Send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20503, Attention: NHTSA Desk Officer.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or access 
to background documents, contact Amy Berning, Office of Behavioral 
Safety, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE, W46-497, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: (202) 366-5587; 
email: amy.berning@dot.gov.


I. Information Collection Request

    Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the 
public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB). In compliance with these requirements, this notice 
announces that the following information collection request has been 
forwarded to OMB.
    OMB Control Number: To be issued at time of approval.
    Title: Drug Use Characteristics of Drivers Arrested for Driving 
Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving Under the Influence of Drugs 
    Form Numbers: NHTSA Form 1468, 1469.
    Type of Review: New information collection.
    NHTSA proposes to conduct a study to estimate the prevalence of 
drugs in drivers arrested for driving under the influence or driving 
under the influence of a drug. Approximately 1,000 drivers arrested for 
DUI or DUID at two or three locations across the country will be 
interviewed and administered an oral fluid drug test. The primary aim 
of this project is to better understand the frequency of alcohol, 
prescription, over-the-counter (OTC), and illicit drugs in impaired 
driving arrests. Trained researchers will ask participants questions 
regarding demographics, driving, alcohol, and drug use. Participants 
will then be asked to provide an oral fluid sample using a collection 
device which will be used to test for alcohol and approximately 50 
other specific drugs.
    Data collection will take place over a six-month period at two to 
three sites across the country. The research team will coordinate with 
the local police departments and officials at these sites. The sites 
will have a private room at the booking facility for use by the 
research team. Each site will have at least 1,250 impaired driving 
arrests per year and be willing to enter into a Memorandum of 
Understanding with the research team regarding the study.
    Data for the study will primarily be collected at a central booking 
facility for the site's police department. Upon arriving at the booking 
facility, the arresting officer or other approved police staff will 
briefly inform the potential participants that they have the 
opportunity to participate in a research study sponsored by NHTSA. 
Police staff will ask the participants if they would be interested in 
learning more about the study. If they respond yes, then they will be 
introduced to the trained research staff in the private study room.
    The research staff will further describe the study to the potential 
participant. The researcher will explain to the potential participant 
that study data is anonymous, s/he must be 18 years of age or older to 
participate, s/he is free to withdraw from the study at any time, the 
results of the drug test and questionnaire will not be provided to 
anyone outside of the research team (including to the participant), and 
participation in the study will not be used to help or hurt the 
individual in

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any related legal proceedings. If the individual agrees to participate, 
then he or she will be asked to take an oral fluid drug test. This is 
essentially a cotton swab that must be held in an individual's mouth 
for approximately two to three minutes (no more than ten minutes). The 
oral fluid specimen will be shipped to an independent laboratory for 
analysis. The participant will be asked to respond to approximately ten 
minutes of questions through a self-report survey on alcohol and drug 
use, perceptions of impaired driving, and driving behaviors. The survey 
will be completed via an electronic tablet or, where deemed necessary, 
a paper copy of the survey. All electronic data will be recorded on a 
secure data collection and management site without any identifying 
    A goal of the collection will be to minimize the possibility of 
collecting any potentially-identifying information on a participant. 
The drug test result will be associated with participant responses 
using a subject code, but no identifying information on the participant 
will be collected.
    Respondents: The research will collect both an oral fluid drug test 
and a questionnaire from approximately 1,000 participants. Data 
collection will take place over a six-month period at two to three 
sites across the United States.
    Estimated Time per Response: It will take just under 15 minutes to 
participate. We anticipate that it will take 1.5 minutes (i.e., 90 
seconds) for the individual to hear about the study and process the 
information. Our total burden estimate includes this 90-second estimate 
for 1,200 individuals, with the goal of 1,000 participants (total 
burden 30 hours). It will take an average of an additional 1.2 minutes 
for participants to ask any questions and verbally agree to participate 
in the study (total burden 20 hours). This results in an estimated 50 
total burden hours for the verbal consent process. The drug test and 
questionnaire will be completed at a single point in time. It can take 
up to 10 minutes to collect a sufficient quantity of saliva for the 
oral fluid drug test. However, it is anticipated that the average oral 
fluid collection time is four minutes and the survey will take an 
additional eight minutes to complete (i.e., 12 total minutes). The 
total burden for the participant questionnaire and oral fluid 
collection is 200 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 250 hours total over the six-month 
data collection period.
    Frequency of Collection: Each participant will only respond to the 
survey and/or biological sample requests a single time during the six-
month study period.

II. Comment Response

    On September 9th, 2017, NHTSA published a notice in the Federal 
Register (NHTSA-2017-0057) with a 60-day public comment period to 
announce this proposed information collection. As of the closing date 
of November 6th, 2017 two comments were received in response to this 
    One comment described frustration with the EPA and massive costs of 
regulation. This project does not involve the EPA and the comment is 
thus not relevant to the current project. A second commenter emailed 
NHTSA directly to request access to the project's full methodology.
    The comment will be provided to OMB to be placed in the docket. The 
methodology will be available from OMB upon NHTSA's submission of the 
Information Collection Request to OMB.

    Authority:  The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.95.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on October 1, 2018.
Jeff Michael,
Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development.
[FR Doc. 2018-21623 Filed 10-3-18; 8:45 am]

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