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NCJ Number: 120074 Find in a Library
Title: Contractual Nature of a Driver's License
Journal: Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education  Volume:35  Issue:1  Dated:(Fall 1989)  Pages:35-41
Author(s): S Sariola
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 7
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The problem of drunk driving cannot be solved by driver education programs which follow the behaviorist acculturation model; rather, the role of the license as a legal contract must be considered as a drunk driving deterrent.
Abstract: The author disputes the "right" or "privilege" concept of current driver licensing. He cites research indicating that high-school driver education is not firmly linked with reduced traffic violations or accident frequency. Behavior-conditioning techniques do little to lessen the drunk driving risk. Our current society, in concentrating on the moral aspects of alcoholism, ignores the fact that the heavy drinker or alcoholic is breaking the law when behind the wheel. The author reviews the empiricist and juridical conceptions of law relative to alcohol and driver licensing. He urges a change in licensing to emphasize the legal rather than the sociological dimension of social control to reduce drunk driving. 7 references.
Main Term(s): Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Index Term(s): Driver training; Drunk offender implied consent; Licensing; Social control
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