General deterrence of drunk driving: evaluation of recent American policies.

@article{Evans1991GeneralDO,
  title={General deterrence of drunk driving: evaluation of recent American policies.},
  author={William N. Evans and Dorothy Neville and John D. Graham},
  journal={Risk analysis : an official publication of the Society for Risk Analysis},
  year={1991},
  volume={11 2},
  pages={279-89}
}
A testable hypothesis of deterrence theory is that efforts to increase the expected cost of criminal activity by increasing the threat of punishment should, other things being equal, reduce the crime rate. In this paper, we examine whether the incidence of drinking and driving is responsive to escalation of the punitive threat. The recent national campaign against drunk driving provides a natural experiment in which to test the predictions of deterrence theory. Using state level data over the… CONTINUE READING

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