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TitleDrink driving: driver perceptions about detection and their effect on behaviour
AuthorsMoore VM, Barker JM, Kloeden CN, McLean AJ, Ryan GA
Year1993
TypeConference Paper
AbstractAs a countermeasure to drink-driving, random breath testing (RBT) has been carried out by police in South Australia since 1981. Under this procedure, a breath testing station is set up at the roadside and selected drivers are directed into the station and required to provide a breath sample. Current guidelines specify that the level of operation of RBT should be such that 1 in 3 drivers are tested every year [I]. The primary aim of RBT is to prevent illegal drink-driving, rather than to apprehend and punish offenders. It is generally held that adequate exposure to RBT should lead to the perception that chances of detection are high when driving with an illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC), which in turn should lead to increased attempts to avoid illegal drink-driving. This paper looks at whether RBT in Adelaide, South Australia, is having an effect through this two-step path of influence. Since RBT began in Adelaide, its effectiveness has been monitored by the NHMRC Road Accident Research Unit at the University of Adelaide through a series of roadside breath alcohol surveys. The level of illegal drink-driving in metropolitan Adelaide has declined over the period of these surveys [2,3]. This paper uses information obtained through a roadside survey conducted over fourteen weeks, beginning 14 February 1991.
PublisherVerlag TUV Rheinland GmbH
Publisher CityCologne
ISBN3824901315
Conference Name12th International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety
Conference AbbreviationICADTS - T92
Conference LocationCologne, Germany
Conference Date28 September -2 October 1992
Journal Volume (Issue)3
Page Range1210-1215 (vol 3)
Page Count6
NotesAvailable from CASR library on request

Reference
Moore VM, Barker JM, Kloeden CN, McLean AJ, Ryan GA (1993) 'Drink driving: driver perceptions about detection and their effect on behaviour', Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety, pp 1210-1215 (vol 3).