This study examined support patterns among criminal justice professionals for an enhanced DUI law. We surveyed North Dakota's police, prosecutors, judges, and addiction counselors to measure their personal support and their perceptions of the support of others for the law. Respondents generally favored the strengthened law, but consistent with role theory, there were significant between group differences. There also were significant differences in personal versus perceived peer support and in perceived peer support versus the perceived support of other groups. Groups tended to agree in the differential levels of support they attributed to other groups. Implications for a coordinated system approach to combatting DUI are identified.
Youngs, George A. Jr.; McDonald, Thomas D.; Wood, Robert A.; and Rathge, Richard W.
"A Comparison of Four Professional Groups' Support for a Strengthened DUI Law,"
Great Plains Sociologist: Vol. 7:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://openprairie.sdstate.edu/greatplainssociologist/vol7/iss1/4