Are more city dwellers caught drink driving than country folk? An analysis by random breath testing apprehension rates

Armstrong, Kerry A., Freeman, James E., Barraclough, Peter, & Davey, Jeremy (2013) Are more city dwellers caught drink driving than country folk? An analysis by random breath testing apprehension rates. In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, pp. 56-61.

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Background Random Breath Testing (RBT) remains a central enforcement strategy to deter and apprehend drink drivers in Queensland (Australia). Despite this, there is little published research regarding the exact drink driving apprehension rates across the state as measured through RBT activities.

Aims The aim of the current study was to examine the prevalence of apprehending drink drivers in urban versus rural areas.

Methods The Queensland Police Service provided data relating to the number of RBT conducted and apprehensions for the period 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2011.

Results In the period, 35,082,386 random breath tests (both mobile and stationary) were conducted in Queensland which resulted in 248,173 individuals being apprehended for drink driving offences. Overall drink driving apprehension rates appear to have decreased across time. Close examination of the data revealed that the highest proportion of drink driving apprehensions (when compared with RBT testing rates) was in the Northern and Far Northern regions of Queensland (e.g., rural areas). In contrast, the lowest proportions were observed within the two Brisbane metropolitan regions (e.g., urban areas). However, differences in enforcement styles across the urban and rural regions need to be considered.

Discussion and conclusions The research presentation will further outline the major findings of the study in regards to maximising the efficiency of RBT operations both within urban and rural areas of Queensland, Australia.

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Item Type: Conference Paper
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Deposited On: 17 Sep 2013 02:48
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