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Title: A study of drink driving in Lagos : from the perspective of law enforcement officers
Author: Ogeleyinbo, Clement
ISNI:       0000 0004 5370 0115
Awarding Body: Middlesex University
Current Institution: Middlesex University
Date of Award: 2015
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This study describes the 'lived experience' of drink driving in Lagos from the perspective of law enforcement officers. The study explored the reasons why Lagosians/Nigerians drink and drive and focuses on law enforcement officers' perceptions of driving under the influence of alcohol, the challenges they face and how they meet the challenges. The research adopts a phenomenological approach both in terms of its orientation and its design and methods. The participants in the study were all adults: two commercial drivers, two health workers, and nine members of the public took part in semi-structured interviews. Fifteen law enforcement officers took part in focus group discussions and twenty eight law enforcement officers took part in semi-structured interviews; they were all serving male officers. Data collection took place in Lagos state/Nigeria in two phases; in the first phase the data collection took place over a period of two months. In the second phase, the data collection took place over a period of six months and this included compilation of field notes, and participant observation at motor terminuses (parks) and at the stop and search road blocks set up by law enforcement officers throughout Lagos state. A total of 56 digital tape recorded interviews were carried out during the field work. Through the process of hermeneutic interpretation, themes were identified and used to describe perceptions of the phenomenon of driving under the influence of alcohol and the structure of the 'lived experience' of law enforcement officers. The findings illustrate how wider cultural, economic and social factors impact on law enforcement officers` perceptions of their roles and on their ability to carry out their responsibilities effectively. They emphasise the importance of role legitimacy, feelings of role adequacy and the need for role support to establish a strong professional identity within the police forces. The findings also revealed problems arising from the structure of the police force and from the internal uncertainties within the profession regarding roles and responsibilities in relation to driving under the influence of alcohol enforcement. The research raises questions about drink driving policy and highlights the need for a strong enforcement policy and for better deterrent measures to be taken against offenders. It also emphasises the need for educational campaigns about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, and the establishment and enforcement of maximum legally permissible blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels for drivers.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.674775  DOI: Not available
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