A Survey of Operational Police Involved in the Delivery of Random Breath Testings (RBT) in Queensland, Australia

Watson, Barry C., Freeman, James E., & Hart, Susan (2007) A Survey of Operational Police Involved in the Delivery of Random Breath Testings (RBT) in Queensland, Australia. In T2007 International Conference on Alcohol Drugs and Traffic Safety, 26-30 August, Seattle, USA.


Over the last two decades, there has been a major reduction in the involvement of alcohol in road crashes in Australia. The evidence suggests that a key factor in this reduction has been the introduction and ongoing operation of Random Breath Testing (RBT). This paper reports on the findings of a survey of operational police involved in the delivery of RBT. The primary aim was to identify those factors that acted as either facilitators or barriers to the effective delivery of RBT at an operational level. With the assistance of the Queensland Police Service (QPS), a questionnaire was distributed to a random sample of 950 operational police likely to be involved in the delivery of RBT, stratified by the QPS’s geographic regions. A total of 421 questionnaires were returned representing a 44% response rate. The survey results confirmed that there is strong support for RBT among operational police in Queensland. While the participants indicated that they were adequately trained and supported to perform the task, a number of potential areas for improvement were identified. Central among these is the need to develop more formal rewards for conducting RBT and to provide more information to operational police about the success of the program.

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ID Code: 10900
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Police Administration Procedures and Practice (160205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult authors)
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:49

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