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August 11, 1989

Social Control of the Drinking Driver

Author Affiliations

Sequoia Hospital Redwood City, Calif

Sequoia Hospital Redwood City, Calif

JAMA. 1989;262(6):840. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430060140045

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The topic of drunk driving has gained tremendous attention from the public and the medical profession in the last decade. Our society has undergone a dramatic shift in attitude from almost passive acceptance to one of increasing concern regarding the drunk driver. Drunk driving today is widely perceived as a major public health problem.

Although many changes have occurred in the legal and social management of the drunk driver, these events have been poorly studied by social and medical scientists. The effects of more rigorous enforcement and increased penalties and monitoring of the drunk driver have been reassuring to the public but by and large have not been the topic of scholarly review.

The authors of this book have made a major attempt to correct this deficiency. Authored by legal and social scholars from a number of countries in North America and western Europe, this book represents a major review