ATTITUDES AND PERCEPTIONS TOWARD DRINKING AND DRIVING: A SIMULATION OF CITIZEN AWARENESS

The methodology is described and the results are discussed of a project to study public attitudes toward drunken drivers. Public opinion concerning drinking and driving was studied in the context of an experimental simulation of 22 incidences of role-playing drunks asking passersby for assistance in unlocking their car doors. The resulting data shows clearly that citizen response was in favor of helping the drunk unlock the car door. Since a consensus of negative opinion about drunk drivers is lacking, it is suggested that legislation to control drunk driving may be counterproductive. Many poeple may see themselves to be in a situation where they are drunk and driving. If citizens do not perceive driving under the influence of alcohol as a negative behavior worthy of their public and private concern, the impact of statutes regarding this problem will be effective only on those who are apprehended through traditional enforcement methods.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Association of Chiefs of Police

    11 Firstfield Road
    Gaithersburg, MD  United States  20760
  • Authors:
    • Formby, W A
    • Smykla, J O
  • Publication Date: 1984-12

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  • Accession Number: 00452250
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-038 686
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1986 12:00AM