Why isn’t the involvement of alcohol in road crashes in Australia lower?

Australia has been considered to be a leader in drink driving enforcement and education. There have been very high levels of random breath testing in most jurisdictions for more than a decade; with the enforcement activity directly supported by intense, sustained mass media public education. Periodic surveys reveal that drink-driving is considered unacceptable by almost all drivers. When the package of regulatory, enforcement and educational measures was implemented in the mid to late 1980s, the results were a dramatic halving of the percentage of killed drivers and riders. However, despite sustained enforcement and public education, the involvement of alcohol in road crashes in Australia has not fallen further in the last decade. Overall, the percentage has fluctuated between 20 per cent and 30 per cent between 1992 and 2000. This paper examines a number of potential contributors to the unacceptably high level of involvement of alcohol in road crashes in Australia and discusses their relative importance and the extent to which they are amenable to change.


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  • Pagination: 7p
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety: T2004, 8-13 August 2004, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

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  • Accession Number: 01389789
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Limited
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 3:44AM