DETERRENCE AND THE DRINKING DRIVER

This paper re-examines drinking driving, a major social problem which places not only legislators and the courts but also the public in a dilemma (see Whitlock, 1971, p.66). On the one hand we expect to be free to behave as our social milieu requires; on the other hand the threat to others from reckless management of motor vehicles makes it necessary to proscribe certain forms of driving behaviour. Unfortunately it is not easy to determine which forms of any behaviour are inherently dangerous to others. After examining general aspects of the problem, an attempt is made to determine whether it is possible to classify the drinking driving population, since this is necessary for any useful examination of the deterrent effect of existing legal and social responses. Unless it is known how particular drivers or groups of drivers will respond both to the threat and the imposition of punishment and to non-punitive measures, any action to counteract drunken driving will be based on little more than conjecture and is unlikely to be effective in the long term. It is a major concern of the paper to argue that the problems of many drinking drivers should be defined as community and health problems rather than as traffic problems. /TRRL/

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    New South Wales Law Foundation

    Northside Gardens, 168 Walker Street
    North Sydney, New South Wales, ZZ Austalia   
  • Authors:
    • Tomasic, R
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00165712
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 18 1978 12:00AM