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Keeping up, and keeping on: Risk, acceleration, and the law-abiding driving offender

Wells, Helen and SAVIGAR-SHAW, Leanne (2019) Keeping up, and keeping on: Risk, acceleration, and the law-abiding driving offender. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 19 (2). pp. 254-270. ISSN 1748-8958

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Roads policing has been described as “the public face of the police” for many citizens (Corbett, 2008a:131), but fails to excite much criminological interest. This is despite the fact that vehicle use is the most likely generator of an adverse-outcome encounter between the general public and the police (Corbett 2008b:13) and is therefore one of the most likely situations in which individuals are confronted with their own ‘law-abidingness’ or lack of it. The paper 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 paper 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) of Wells, H. and Savigar, L. (2019) ‘Keeping up, and keeping on: Risk, acceleration and the law-abiding driving offender’, Criminology & Criminal Justice, 19(2), pp. 254–270. The final published version is available online via SAGE at :
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
Depositing User: Leanne SAVIGAR-SHAW
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2020 11:15
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 14:00
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