Policing the roads: traffic cops, 'boy racers' and anti-social behaviour
journal contributionposted on 2013-02-07, 09:30 authored by Karen Lumsden
This article explores the policing and regulation of young motorists known in the United Kingdom as ‘boy racers’. It demonstrates how police officers' definitional decisions in relation to driving behaviours were influenced by a range of exogenous and endogenous factors, which subsequently shaped the landscape of enforcement and interactions with the community and drivers. A shift over time in the nature of the problem due to urban regeneration, innovations in the technology of the motor car and the availability of anti-social behaviour legislation impacted upon the policing of urban space. The strategies employed in order to police the culture and the related urban space were reminiscent of a deeper policing tradition wherein managing incivilities and local problems is part of the community policing perspective. Data is presented from semi-structured interviews with police, residents and ‘boy racers’, and ethnographic fieldwork with the drivers in the city of Aberdeen, Scotland.
- Social Sciences
- Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies
CitationLUMSDEN, K., 2012. Policing the roads: traffic cops, 'boy racers' and anti-social behaviour. Policing and Society, 23 (2), pp. 204-221.
Publisher© Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
NotesThis article was published in the journal, Policing and Society [© Taylor & Francis (Routledge)] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2012.696642