Self-reported Drink Driving and Deterrence

Baum, Scott (1999) Self-reported Drink Driving and Deterrence. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 32(3), pp. 247-261.


The use of Random Breath Testing (RBT) to deter individuals from drink driving is seen as one of the major initiatives in Australian Road Safety. Viewed with the genre of general deterrence models, RBT enters the decision to drink and drive through increasing the perceived risk of being apprehended. Although long term crash statistics point to a possible link between the introduction of RBT and a reduction in drink driving, a number of researchers have questioned the stability of RBT as a counter measure. This paper analyses the deterrence effect of RBT in regional Queensland; an area where the rate of fatal crashes attributed to alcohol is high. The significant finding reported is that of itself the perceived threat of being apprehended does not significantly deter drink driving.

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ID Code: 11092
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Randrom Breath Testing, drink driving, deterrence, Queensland
ISSN: 0004-8658
Subjects: 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 > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Causes and Prevention of Crime (160201)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Australian Academic Press
Deposited On: 05 Dec 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 13:11

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