THE EFFECT OF LICENSE SUSPENSION UPON DWI RECIDIVISM

License suspension is expected to reduce recidivism among drivers convicted for driving while intoxicated (DWI) through incapacitation, that is, prventing driving while on suspension, and deterrence, that is, preventing future instances of drinking and driving. When compared with a lesser restriction (including no restriction) license suspension has a greater incapacitation effect but no greater deterrent effect. When licnese suspension is compared with remediation (education, counseling, treatment), suspension has the greater incapacitation effect, but remediation evidences the greater deterrent effect. This paper concludes that the effect of suspension upon drinking and driving is primarily to limit driving, and hence, exposure to convictions and accidents of all kinds. Remedial programs, coupled with some driving instruction, appear to be more effective in, deterring drinking driving behavior itself.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prevention of Recidivism by DWI Offenders. Proceedings of an International Sympsiumm held in Santa Monica, California, May 11-13, 1990.
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    Brain Information Service

    California University, Center for Health Science
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90024
  • Authors:
    • McKnight, J A
    • Voas, R B
  • Publication Date: 1991-3

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  • Accession Number: 00607974
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-041 166
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1991 12:00AM