A profile of designated drivers and the people who use them: A survey of two provincial cities

Nielson, Angela L. & Watson, Barry C. (2008) A profile of designated drivers and the people who use them: A survey of two provincial cities. In 2008 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, 10-12 November 2008, Adelaide South Australia.

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This paper reports the findings of a survey that was conducted in two provincial Queensland cities as part of an evaluation of a trial designated driver program. It provides a profile of designated drivers and those who use them; using data from the baseline questionnaire. The sample consisted of 405 individuals surveyed in 16 drinking venues in both cities (approximately 90% response rate). The participants were asked about their knowledge and use of designated driver, drinking behaviour, reported drink driving behaviour and demographic characteristics. There were 205 males (50.6%) and 200 females (49.4%) in the sample. The majority were aged under 30 years of age (63.5%). Around 15% of participants had been a designated driver in the last three months, with 70% having used a designated driver in the last three months. Almost14% of participants indicated that they were a designated driver on the night of interview, with almost one quarter of participants using a designated driver on the night of interview. Those who indicated that they were a designated driver on the night of the survey tended to be older, less likely to have reported drink driving, and consumed less alcohol in an average week than those who were not acting as designated drivers. Similar differences were found between those who had been a designated driver at least once before and those who had never been a designated driver. The results of the study have important implications for the design of designated driver programs and associated publicity campaigns. Limitations and other implications of the results are also discussed.

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ID Code: 17824
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: N.B. author name change from Angela Nielson to Angela Watson in 2009
ISBN: 1876346566
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)
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 authors]
Deposited On: 07 Apr 2009 01:15
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2012 12:37

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