DETERRING THE DRINKING DRIVER--SHOULD YOUNG DRIVERS BE THE TARGET?

It is common to hear the view expressed that drinking and driving is predominantly a youth problem. For example, "The Open Road" in June, 1980 (page 3) informed us that "drink-driver toll strikes at young". The author of this article observed that more than 40 percent of the States' drink/drive offenders detected by the police are under the age of 25, and that under 25 drivers also make up almost 40 percent of drivers killed on NSW roads while holding only 20 percent of drivers' licences. The inference is then made that alcohol is an important factor in the death toll among drivers under 25, given the well known association between alcohol and road crashes. The purpose of this paper is twofold: first, to argue that the overinvolvement of young men in drink/drive offences is not as clear cut as "The Open Road" and others have claimed; and secondly, to question both the justice and effectiveness of the procedures currently used by police and the courts to deal with young offenders.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Newcastle University and the National Roads' and Motorists' Association proceedings of a seminar on "The Place of the Driver in Road Safety" held in Newcastle, April 2, 1982.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Newcastle University, Australia

    Department of Community Programmes
    Newcastle, New South Wales 2308,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • HOMEL, R
  • Publication Date: 1982

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  • Accession Number: 00395467
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 990
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1985 12:00AM