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Title: Roads policing: Current context and imminent dangers
Authors: Corbett, C
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 2(1): 131-142, 2008
Abstract: This paper will argue that roads policing is the public face of the police for many citizens and thus enjoys an elevated profile. Yet the delivery of roads policing services requires urgent care and attention. As was the situation a century ago, potential and actual conflict with the driving public could be close at hand as more reliance is placed on enforcement technology and more drivers become criminalised and their vehicle movements logged. Indeed, it will be contended that unless great care is taken, such could be the public disaffection with traffic law enforcement and monitoring policies that the legitimacy of the police itself could be challenged. After a brief update of recent developments concerning roads policing nationally and internationally, the second section will underline the ways in which roads policing provides a crucial service. Details follow of dangers lying in wait for the service if the pressing enforcement issues around roads policing are allowed to drift. Finally, some suggestions are outlined to help inform discussion of these matters that could simultaneously facilitate achievement of other key roads policing objectives.
Description: © The Authors 2008. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of CSF Associates: Publius, Inc. All rights reserved. For permissions please e-mail: The final version of this paper can be accessed at the link below.
ISSN: 1752-4512
Appears in Collections:Law
Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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