Improving road safety through deterrence-based initiatives : a review of research

Davey, Jeremy D. & Freeman, James E. (2011) Improving road safety through deterrence-based initiatives : a review of research. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal, 11(1), pp. 312-320.

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The efficacy of road safety countermeasures to deter motorists from engaging in illegal behaviours is extremely important when considering the personal and economic impact of road accidents on the community. Within many countries, deterrence theory has remained a cornerstone to criminology and criminal justice policy, particularly within the field of road safety, as policy makers and enforcement agencies attempt to increase perceptions regarding the certainty, severity and swiftness of sanctions for those who engage in illegal motoring behaviours. Using the Australian experience (particularly the tremendous amount of research into drink driving), the current paper reviews the principles underpinning deterrence theory, the utilisation of the approach within some contemporary road safety initiatives (e.g., Random Breath Testing) as well as highlights some methods to enhance a deterrent effect. The paper also provides direction for future deterrence-based research, in particular, considering the powerful impact of non-legal sanctions, punishment avoidance as well as creating culturally embedded behavioural change.

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ID Code: 38452
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Deterrence, Road Safety Countermeasures, Sanctions, Non-legal Sanctions
ISSN: 2075-0528
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
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 2010 Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
Deposited On: 11 Nov 2010 22:31
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2011 15:01

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