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NCJ Number: 89587 Find in a Library
Title: Driving Under the Influence - Outline of a Sociological Analysis
Journal: Schriftenreihe der Polizei-Fuehrungskademie  Issue:1  Dated:(1983)  Pages:57-68
Author(s): E Kretschmer-Baeumel
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 12
Format: Article
Language: German
Country: West Germany (Former)
Annotation: A nationwide survey of 3,037 West German citizens sought to ascertain public attitudes and behaviors regarding the problem of drinking and driving.
Abstract: The intent was to analyze the way moderate social drinkers resolve the conflict between drinking and driving. Questions sought to identify drinking situations conducive to subsequent driving, and problem groups who tend to disregard the alcohol consumption rule as prohibitive of driving. Of the respondents, 68 percent recalled a drinking situation away from home where at least one person had more than one drink; 37 percent of these had had the option of driving after drinking, but only 18 percent of the latter had actually chosen to drive, thereby breaking the law. Of men who drive, consider drinking and driving dangerous, but generally hold a tolerant attitude toward drinking, 60 percent reported having broken the minimal alcohol consumption driving rule. Respondents from the more rural, southern areas reported a higher disregard of the driving prohibition than did urban residents from northern Germany. This circumstance may reflect the more intensified enforcement efforts of the cities and targeted areas within them. Charts of decision models are provided. The survey questionnaire is appended.
Index Term(s): Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Germany; Public Attitudes/Opinion
Note: Lecture given at the Police Command Academy (Muenster, W. Germany)
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