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NCJ Number: 113452 Find in a Library
Title: Policing and Punishing the Drinking Driver: A Study of General and Specific Deterrence
Author(s): R Homel
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 318
Publication Number: ISBN 0-387-96715-X
Sale Source: Springer-Verlag
44 Hartz Way
Secaucus, NJ 07094
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This book reports original research on the impact of random breath testing (RBT) in deterring drunk driving in New South Wales (Australia).
Abstract: The book opens with a discussion of techniques for researching the interaction between the criminal justice system and the drinking driver as well as the social and cultural context of drunk driving. This is followed by a description of the deterrence model and how it can be applied to the study of RBT and the sentencing of the drunk driver. A review of empirical research on deterrence focuses on drunk driving research, reconviction studies, and studies which have used perceptual measures. A description of RBT as it operates in Australia, especially New South Wales, is followed by a review of the literature on the effectiveness of RBT. The methodology of this RBT study is then described. The study indicates that RBT has an impact in New South Wales not only by increasing drivers' fear of legal punishments but through a reduction in the social pressures encouraging excessive drinking. 380 references, study instruments, author index, subject index, 16 figures.
Main Term(s): Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Index Term(s): Alcohol consumption analysis; Australia; Deterrence effectiveness
Note: Research in Criminology Series
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