Speeding and Joy Riding

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Speeding refers to driving a motorised vehicle (such as a car or motorbike) above the speed limit prescribed by the state. Like other forms of crime, definitions of speeding are dependent upon the historical context, situational factors and societal norms and laws. Joy riding involves the theft of a vehicle, its use in various driving performances (including speeding) and often its subsequent destruction through setting fire to it (or ‘torching’ it).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShades of Deviance
Subtitle of host publicationA Primer on Crime, Deviance and Social Harm
EditorsRowland Atkinson
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages4
EditionFirst edition
ISBN (Electronic)9781315848556
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2014


  • joy riding
  • speeding
  • roads
  • automobility
  • deviance
  • harm


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