Attitudes to drink-driving: roadside surveys 1987-1989

The police random breath testing (RBT) program in South Australia was increased markedly at Easter in 1987. This was accompanied by an intense public education program. The increased level of RBT was maintained thereafter but the level of publicity declined although there was a temporary increase at Easter in 1989. The effects on night-time driver blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) and attitudes to drink-driving were assessed by roadside surveys in metropolitan Adelaide in 1987 and 1989. Altogether 14,000 drivers were surveyed and reported attitudes were obtained for 40 per cent of drivers in 1987 and 33 per cent in 1989. There was a marked decline in drink-driving over Easter in both years but the 1987 decline was not sustained well. Changes in attitudes over the Easter periods were small and inconsistent. However, between 1987 and 1989 there was a statistically significant increase in driver perception of being caught if driving with a BAC above 0.08. Drivers most likely to drive if they thought that their BAC was above 0.08 were predominantly male, aged less than 30 years, had started driving and drinking before the age of 18 years, and were likely to drink alcohol daily and to have been charged with drink-driving offences (A).

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  • Authors:
    • Barker, J M
    • Moore, V M
    • Ryan, G A
  • Publication Date: 1990-12


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 45p
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: Mar-90

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01432255
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 908204183
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 4:55PM