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NCJ Number: 93985 Find in a Library
Title: Deterioration of Deterrence Effects of Driving Legislation Have We Been Giving Wrong Signals to Policymakers?
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:12  Issue:2  Dated:(1984)  Pages:115-130
Author(s): H L Votey
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 15
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper suggests that the apparently observed initial success of legislation to control drunken driving accidents by law enforcement and sanctions, followed by a return of accident levels to initial trends may be an artifact of failure to properly model the accident process.
Abstract: The point is illustrated by simulating a model of accidents in which drunken driving is controllable with a change in laws. It shows that this control effect can easily be swamped by other plausible accident inducing forces. Finally, it is argued that the costs of failing to maintain efforts to control drunken driving may be greater than the social costs of maintaining high enforcement levels and stiff penalties. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Cost/Benefit Analysis; Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Legislative impact; Police effectiveness
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