Drug driving and deterrence : the impact of the new drug driving legislation and testing methods in Queensland

Davey, Jeremy D., Freeman, James E., Palk, Gavan R., Lavelle, Anita L., & Rowland, Bevan D. (2008) Drug driving and deterrence : the impact of the new drug driving legislation and testing methods in Queensland. In Proceedings of CMRSC-XVIII, The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals, Whistler, Canada.

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Police services in Queensland have commenced random roadside drug testing of drivers to both apprehend and deter possible offenders. The present study aimed to examine a sample of Queensland drivers’ (N = 286) level of awareness of the new testing method as well as determine the impact of the countermeasure and other non-legal sanctions on intentions to drug drive. The results indicated that participants were generally unaware of the new testing method and a similar proportion remained uncertain regarding the effectiveness of drug testing drivers. Nevertheless, an examination of the factors associated with intentions to drug driving again in the future revealed that perceptions of apprehension certainty was a significant predictor, as those who reported a lower certainty of apprehension were more likely to report intending to offend. Additionally, self-reported recent drug driving activity was also identified as a significant predictor, which indicates that past behaviour is a good predictor of future behaviour in the current context. In contrast, informal sanctions such as peer loss, physical injury, or internal loss (e.g., shame) were not found to be predictors of drug driving, although may still enact some deterrent effect. The findings of the study confirm the popular deterrence-based assumption that increasing perceptions of apprehension certainty, such as through random road-side testing, may yet prove to be an effective method of reducing the burden of drug driving on road safety.

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ID Code: 13752
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: drug driving, deterrence, drug testing, legislation
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
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
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 12 Jun 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:46

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