The deterrent effect of penalties on drink drivers

The paper reports on a study which was based on a sample of 1201 drivers convicted of a 'breathalyser offence' in New South Wales during 1972. The sample was selected from the statistical records compiled by the NSW Bureau of Crime and Research for drink drivers appearing at magistrates' courts throughout New South Wales. Late in 1974 compilation of information on the subsequent drink drive, traffic and criminal records of this sample of drivers was begun. All data were derived from official records. The paper places the study in the context of deterrence research and summaries what is known about the Australian drink driver. The question of how the severity of a penalty should be measured is considered and an approach is suggested which appears to get closer to measuring severity as perceived by the offender. Some findings from the first analysis of data are presented.


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  • Pagination: 536-46

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  • Accession Number: 01440521
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0642013977
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 11:01PM