Towards Zero Alcohol-relatedTraffic Fatalities and Injuries: An Overview and Analysis of a New Ordinance-based Strategy

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Date(s) - 04/08/2014
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Melbourne LAW School Room 731 (L7)


Towards Zero Alcohol-relatedTraffic Fatalities and Injuries: An Overview and Analysis of a New Ordinance-based Strategy

Presented by Associate Professor Ryota Kosai Faculty of Law and Letters, Ehime University, Japan

Associate Professor Kosai’s presentation examines new Japanese laws aimed to eradicate drink driving. Until the end  of the 1990’s, fatal drink driving accidents ranged between 1200 and 1,500 per year. Campaigns and media reports of fatalities of young children, however, led to changes in attitudes towards drink driving. Harsher punishments were introduced, and the number of alcohol-related crashes decreased to 238 in 2013 nearly a sixth of that of the levels in   the 1990’s. In recent years however, the decrease in fatal crashes has slowed. In order to move towards zero alcohol ­related traffic fatalities and injuries. Japan now needs to take new, drastic measures against offenders.

Associate Professor Kosai will examine a new strategy in drink driving counter measures based on the ‘Fukuoka Prefectural Ordinance for the Promotion of the Drink Driving Eradication Movement ‘ enacted in 2012. He will examine two recently-enacted laws: theFukuoka Prefectural Ordinance for Routing out Drink Driving and the Basic Act on Measures Against Alcohol-related Health Harm. These could provide a new model for local governments to enforce comprehensive and effective measures against drink driving. Associate Proressor Kosai will discuss the possbilites  of, and related concerns about  this new ordinance-based strategy. focusing on the importance of initially establishing  a community-based system to prevent drink driving.


ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR RYOTA KOSAI is an Associate Profassor of Law in theFaculty of Law and Letters. Ehime University,  Japan, where he teaches Sociology of Law and Socio-legal Studies to under graduate and graduate students.

He compteted his LL.D. at Kyushu University in 2006, and was Director of the Japanese Assocation of Sociology of Law in 2011 and 2014. Hiscurrent research interests include sociolegal studies relating to fatal drinkdriving cases, including the application of criminal punishment to fatal crash cases, the criminal trial process, compensation, law reform movements initiated by families of victms, and local governments”ordinances aganst drink drivng. Associate Professor Kosai has written a number of book chapters and journal articles regarding the sociology of law.



Monday 4 August 2014

TIME:      1:00pm to2:15pm

venue:  Room 731 (L7)