n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Drinking and drunken driving in South Africa

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The violent society in which South Africans live is reflected daily in the media (Are crime and violence unstoppable? 1995:1-2; Criminals on rampage in Jo'burg 1997:1). Despite the disapproval of some forms of violent action (e.g. murder and rape), it is also characteristic of modern society that certain forms of violent behaviour are accepted as normal. When the consequences of serious traffic offences in terms of the extent of injuries and deaths are taken into account, it becomes apparent that this form of violence has become such a general occurrence that it engenders little public interest.

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