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TitleRandom breath testing in South Australia operation and effectiveness 1996
AuthorsBaldock MRJ, White M
Year1997
TypeReport
AbstractThe number of drivers tested at RBT stations easily eclipsed the police target level of 1 in 4 licensed drivers in 1996 and was the highest level of testing for all the years 1989-1996. While it is desirable that the general community have the perception that they are not 'safe' from detection on any day of the week, a greater proportion of resources should be devoted to days of higher drink driving levels. Although the highest-level BACs are found after midnight, it should be noted that the actual number of drink drivers is higher before midnight, due to the greater number of people on the road earlier in the evening. The high level of testing before midnight should be considered an appropriate response to meet the 'high visibility' requirement of successful RBT operations. 1996 featured the lowest drink driving detection rate since the legal limit for BAC was lowered to 0.05 in 1991, with the lowest rate in rural areas for all the years 1989-1996. The effectiveness of RBT operations is currently restricted by having to be conducted only in the 'static' mode. The introduction of 'mobile' RBT would considerably increase the coverage of RBT operations in such a way that rural RBT would be greatly enhanced.
Report Number3/97
PublisherOffice of Road Safety, South Australian Department of Transport
Publisher CityAdelaide
SponsorOffice of Road Safety, South Australian Department of Transport
ISBN0730801756
Page Count19
Notesavailable from CASR library on request

Reference
Baldock MRJ, White M (1997) Random breath testing in South Australia operation and effectiveness 1996 (3/97), Office of Road Safety, South Australian Department of Transport, Adelaide.