Drink driving offenders in a rural community: A profile of drink driving offenders in regional Queensland

Ferguson, Megan, Schonfeld, Cynthia C., & Sheehan, Mary C. (1999) Drink driving offenders in a rural community: A profile of drink driving offenders in regional Queensland. Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Canberra, ACT.


This study formed part of the evaluation of the "Under the Limit" drink driving rehabilitation program in regional Queensland. Face-to-face interviews were carried out with a sample of 149 offenders on the day they appeared in court on a drink driving charge. The interview schedule included measures identified in the literature as potentially contributing to recidivism – sociodemography,mental health status, alcohol consumption, social support and self-esteem, questions pertaining to knowledge, attitudes and drink driving behaviours, hearing outcomes of the offender’s drink driving court appearance, and prior criminal and traffic history. Overall, the typology of the rural drink driving offender in Central Queensland is similar to typologies found in other jurisdictions. Offenders in this study generally had high BAC readings for their current drink driving offence, and many had an extensive history of criminal and traffic offences. Knowledge of legal BACs was fairly high among offenders, while knowledge of the number of drinks required to place an individual over this legal limit was quite low. Knowledge of the effects that alcohol has on the body was quite poor in some instances. The risk of alcohol problems within the offender sample was high with many offenders being at moderate-to-high risk of alcohol problems. In addition, offenders were more likely to want to change their driving habits as opposed to their drinking habits to avoid future drink driving episodes. In general, the level of social support experienced by offenders was high, with the highest level of support coming from family members.

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ID Code: 7872
Item Type: Book
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Keywords: Drink driving, lifestyle factors
ISBN: 0642255490
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
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 > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)
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 Transport Safety Bureau
Deposited On: 25 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2015 15:09

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