SENTENCE SEVERITY AND THE DRINKING DRIVER: RELATIONSHIPS WITH TRAFFIC SAFETY OUTCOME

While a major response to the drinking-driving problem has been to increase penalties for drinking-driving offences, the impact of sentence severity on the driving behavior of offenders (specific deterrence) remains unclear. In this research, relationships between aspects of sentence severity (license suspension, fine, jail term, assignment to probation, or temporary absence programs) and postconviction accidents and drinking-driving convictions were examined, while controlling statistically for demographic and previous driving record factors. License suspensions were consistently associated with traffic safety benefits. However, increasing severity of other aspects of punishment seemed unrelated to outcome or was associated with increased traffic safety problems. As well, important differences between first, second, and multiple offenders were observed, which may be related to the impact of different aspects of sentence severity on driving behavior.

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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Headington Hill Hall
    Oxford OX30BW,    
  • Authors:
    • Mann, R E
    • VINGILIS, E R
    • Gavin, D
    • ADLAF, E
    • ANGLIN, L
  • Publication Date: 1991-12

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  • Accession Number: 00618412
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-041 483
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1992 12:00AM