Wells, HM and Savigar, L (2017) Keeping up, and keeping on: Roads policing, risk and the law-abiding driving offender. Criminology and Criminal Justice. ISSN 1748-8966

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Abstract

Roads policing is the most likely generator of an adverse-outcome encounter between the general public and the police and is therefore one of the most likely situations in which individuals are confronted with their own ‘law-abidingness’, or lack of it. Despite this, it has so far failed to excite much criminological interest. The article will propose that the concepts of ‘risk’ (as a political as well as sociological concept) and ‘acceleration’ (of technological change, as well as everyday life) can be used to explain the controversial and apparently unsettling image of roads policing in recent years. This article reflects on how speeding offences (researched between 2002–2006) and mobile phone use by drivers (researched between 2013–2016) reveal much about how drivers see themselves, their priorities and the law.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Sage at https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1748895817738555 Please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mobile Phone; Speeding; Risk; Acceleration; Law-Abiding; Driving
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2017 10:22
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2018 14:52
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/3302

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