This volume examines general driving offences, concentrating on those which punish risk-taking whilst driving, with the primary goal of increasing road safety. The focus is particularly on careless driving, dangerous driving, drink-driving and speeding, with a comparative approach incorporated into the discussion. Drawing on legal and psychological research, the book explains the legal definition of offences, discussing the policy behind the offences and examines how the law is applied in practice. It concludes with consideration of how the law in this area might be reformed - informed by the preceding discussion. This title will be a valuable resource tool for students, academics and practitioners working in the area of road safety.
'This book shows how the road traffic law is applied in practice - providing a historical, moral and legal argument for the difficulties in dealing with driving offences and proving intent. The book also draws on psychological theories about the defendant's "state of mind" at the time of the offence and sheds light on a hotly debated societal problem - why thousands of people are killed and injured globally yet very few prosecutions result. It is a valuable contribution to the field.' Lisa Dorn, Cranfield University, UK
Contents: Introduction; Dangerous driving and careless driving; Drink-driving and speeding; Homicide offences; A comparative study: traffic law in Sweden; The role of the criminal law in promoting road safety;The future of road traffic offences; References; Index.