A follow up sample of first time drink driving offenders : how many drink drive post offence?

Wilson, Hollie & Sheehan, Mary C. (2013) A follow up sample of first time drink driving offenders : how many drink drive post offence? In 20th International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety Conference, 25-28 August 2013, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD.

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Drink driving remains an important issue to address in terms of health and injury prevention even though research shows that over time there has been a steady decline in drink driving. This has been attributed to the introduction of countermeasures such as random breath testing (RBT), changing community attitudes and norms leading to less acceptance of the behaviour and, to a lesser degree, the implementation of programs designed to deter offenders from engaging in drink driving. Most of the research to date has focused on the hard core offenders - those with high blood alcohol content at the time of arrest, and those who have more than one offence.


There has been little research on differences within the first offender population or on factors contributing to second offences. This research aims to fill the gap by reporting on those factors in a sample of offenders.
Methods This paper reports on a study that involved interviewing 198 first offenders in court and following up this group 6-8 months post offence. Of these original participants, 101 offenders were able to be followed up, with 88 included in this paper on the basis that they had driven a vehicle since the offence.


Interestingly, while the rate of reported apprehended second offences was low in that time frame (3%), a surprising number of offenders reported that they had driven under the influence at a much higher rate (27%). That is a large proportion of first offenders were willing to risk the much larger penalties associated with a second offence in order to engage in drink driving.

Discussion and conclusions

Key characteristics of this follow up group are examined to inform the development of a evidence based brief intervention program that targets first time offenders with the goal of decreasing the rate of repeat drink driving.

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ID Code: 81806
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: drink driving, recidivism, offence, first offender, repeat offender, self-report, follow-up
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 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 15 Feb 2015 23:21
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2015 23:06

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