‘Boy racers’ under the microscope
The final confirmed presentation for the Young Driver Focus conference to be held next month will examine 'boy racers' and the social reaction to their behaviour.
The presentation, 'Boy racers and influencing their behaviour', will be delivered by Dr Karen Lumsden, lecturer in sociology at Loughborough University.
Karen joined Loughborough University in January 2013, having previously held posts at the University of Abertay Dundee and the University of Aberdeen. Her research interests broadly fall under the remit of the sociology of crime and deviance and include policing, youth culture, car culture, and moral panics.
Her presentation will examine 'boy racers' and the social reaction to their behaviour. It will shed light on the common misconceptions concerning car modification cultures which are seen to engage in risky and anti-social driving behaviours, fuelling further the myth of the boy racer.
It will also explore the policing and governance of risky and anti-social driving behaviours and how these might be positively influenced.
The conference will look at “cutting young driver casualties now and in the future”. As this suggests the event will be forward-focused rather than a retrospective look at young driver collisions and casualties.
The conference will be held at The Arval Centre in Swindon (just off the M4) on Wednesday 14 May 2014, 10.00am – 3.30pm.
The speaker line up comprises: Richard King (CEO of ingenie), Dr Lisa Dorn (Cranfield University), Liz Baldock and Bill Pope (both DVLA), Poppy Husband (TRL), Carly Brookfield (DIA), Alan Kennedy (Road Safety GB), Dave Lawson (Sheffield CC), Steve Horton (Kent CC), Natalie Oakley (Gloucestershire RSP), and Karen Lumsden (Loughborough University). Click here to see the full agenda.
With more than 150 people registered to attend, the event is fully subscribed. Anyone still hoping to do so should complete the registration form and if there are cancellations they will be offered a place.
For more information contact Nick Rawlings on 01379 650112.