ROLE OF TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT PREVENTION (FROM POLICE PATROL READINGS, SECOND EDITION, 1970)

It is argued that the loss of life, injury, and property damage due to traffic violations should dictate strong measures of enforcement and prevention in this controversial area of policing. The recommended enforcement policy specifies that police action be taken upon the detection of the commission of an illegal and potentially hazardous act without regard for the absence of real hazards or the attitude, intent, or excuse of the violator. The use of a mixture of marked and unmarked police vehicles is suggested as a means of improving the image of police omnipresence. The enforcement process is described as including detection, apprehension, prosecution, adjudication, and penalization. It is argued that ineffectiveness at any point of enforcement process undermines deterrence as the public may become indifferent toward the consequences of violations.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Thomas (Charles C) Publisher

    Bannesstone House, 301-327 East Lawrence Avenue
    Springfield, IL  USA  62703
  • Authors:
    • Chapman, S G
    • Slavin, J M
  • Publication Date: 1970

Media Info

  • Pagination: 9 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141743
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Criminal Law Review
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 1977 12:00AM