Drink driving deterrents and self-reported offending behaviours in a sample of Queensland motorists

Freeman, James E. & Watson, Barry C. (2009) Drink driving deterrents and self-reported offending behaviours in a sample of Queensland motorists. Journal of Safety Research, 40(2), pp. 113-120.

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Problem: The efficacy of drink driving countermeasures to deter motorists from driving over the legal limit is extremely important when considering the personal and economic impact the offending behaviour has on the community. This paper reports on an examination of 780 Queensland motorists’ perceptions of legal and non-legal sanctions and their deterrent impact on self-reported offending behaviour. Method: The data was collected via a telephone survey of motorists recruited from a random sample of all listed telephone numbers in the state, adjusted according to district population figures.----- Results: The results indicated that there were a range of legal and non-legal factors that were significantly associated with self-reported drink driving including: the perceived risk of apprehension and licence loss (legal factors); and concerns relating to the possibility of being involved in a crash and hurting another person (non-legal factors). However, additional multivariate analyses indicated that while both legal and non-legal factors significantly predicted self-reported drink driving, higher alcohol consumption levels and more favourable attitudes to the behaviour also appear to increase the likelihood of drink driving.----- Discussion: The paper will outline the direct implications of the research project such as the development and promotion of countermeasures that both effectively deter motorists and address pro-offending attitudes.

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ID Code: 20489
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: drink driving, random breath testing, deterrence
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsr.2008.12.009
ISSN: 0022-4375
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 National Safety Council and Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 28 May 2009 23:54
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 14:41

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