Barriers and facilitators to the effective operation of RBT in Queensland

Hart, Susan, Watson, Barry C., & Tay, Richard S. (2003) Barriers and facilitators to the effective operation of RBT in Queensland. In 2003 Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference - From Research to Action, Sydney, Australia.

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This paper discusses preliminary findings from a review of Random Breath Testing (RBT) in Queensland. In particular, it examines RBT operational practices within the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and their alignment with best practice features of RBT identified in the literature. The study utilised a systems-based model, extrapolated from the organisational management literature, and involved semi-structured interviews with QPS staff involved in the planning and delivery of RBT operations. The interviews confirmed QPS’s commitment to RBT and support for its underlying principles, evidenced in the high testing rates currently achieved There are, however, some key issues of concern, including: quality vs. quantity of RBT tests; confusion about the role of RBT; and the need for further education about the roles of deterrence and apprehension. The findings of the study have a number of important implications for improving the management and operation of RBT.

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ID Code: 2171
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Random breath testing, drink driving enforcement, road safety, organisational alignment
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
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 2003 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 06 Oct 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 12:57

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