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A preliminary investigation into a group of recidivist drink drivers' experiences and perceptions of legal sanctions

Freeman, James E., Liossis, Poppy, Schonfeld, Cynthia C., & Sheehan, Mary C. (2004) A preliminary investigation into a group of recidivist drink drivers' experiences and perceptions of legal sanctions. In Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, 14-16 November, Perth, Western Australia.

Abstract

Concern remains regarding the ability of legal sanctions to produce behavioural change among recidivist drink drivers. This paper reports on an investigation into a group of repeat offenders’ (N = 166) experiences and perceptions of legal sanctions, including the perceived purpose, fairness and effectiveness of penalties incurred for drink driving offences. Participants perceived legal sanctions to be severe and fair, but not entirely certain nor swift. The majority reported that penalties were designed for retribution rather than reform, and that current countermeasures are not extremely effective in reducing re-offending behaviour. The findings suggest that increasing the severity of sanctions may not guarantee behavioural change, and that additional countermeasures are required if the drinking and driving sequence is to be broken for this population.

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ID Code: 1225
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: legal sanctions, repeat offenders, recidivist drink drivers, drink driving, drunk driving, recidivist drunk drivers
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Personality Abilities and Assessment (170109)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 05 May 2005
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:06

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