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The Culture of Joyriding in Queensland: The Offender's Perspective

Dawes, Glenn

Driver Licensing & Training


There has been increased public concern about the increase in car theft in Australia. A high proportion of cars is stolen by young people in order to joyride (stealing cars for short-term transport or for nonutilitarian purposes).

This paper is based on the outcomes of a two-year qualitative research study that examined the motivations of youth as to why they became involved in the culture of joyriding behaviour. The outcomes of this project highlight a number of diverse factors across race, class and gender lines. The paper concludes with a series of intervention strategies for reducing joyriding behaviour based on an integrated education programme and the introduction of motor projects.