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Cross-border traffic police enforcement: A descriptive and explanatory cross-sectional study on the role of the EU's fight against the 'three main killers' on EU roads in the joint control operations of the police forces of Lower Saxony (GER) and Oost-Nederland (NL)

Gössel, Benjamin (2015) Cross-border traffic police enforcement: A descriptive and explanatory cross-sectional study on the role of the EU's fight against the 'three main killers' on EU roads in the joint control operations of the police forces of Lower Saxony (GER) and Oost-Nederland (NL).

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Abstract:This bachelor thesis essentially concentrates on the questions as to how far the EU's fight against speeding, drink-driving and non-use of seatbelts on EU roads plays a role in the joint control operations of the police forces of Lower Saxony (GER) and Oost-Nederland (NL) and, if it plays a role, as to how far the two forces under examination apply enforcement measures that are known to be best practice to fight the three hazardous traffic offences when conducting joint controls. Besides an extensive literature review on the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of traffic law enforcement, the thesis comprises an analysis of the EU's most important policy documents aimed at improving the enforcement of speed, alcohol and seatbelt laws and regulations in and between the Member States. This document analysis serves as the basis for describing what actually constitutes the EU's against the 'three main killers' on EU roads. After giving disclosure about enforcement measures that have proved to be effective in tackling the 'three main killers', the thesis examines the role that the EU's fight against speeding, drink-driving and the non-use of seatbelts plays in the joint control operations of the police forces of Lower Saxony and Oost-Nederland and sheds light on the enforcement measures that are de facto applied through the help of data derived from semi-structured face-to-face interviews (N=4) with key informants. The thesis finds that the EU's fight against the 'three main killers' basically turns into a fight against only two 'killers' (speeding and drink-driving) during the joint control operations of the two police forces under examination. Additionally, and as a more interesting finding, the thesis discovers that due to legal regulations and the holistic nature of most of the joint control operations (that aim at contributing to road safety and fighting cross-border crime), the two forces sometimes sacrifice enforcement measures that are known to be best practice for the enforcement of traffic laws and regulations for the sake of apprehending criminals.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/67158
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