Behavioural observations of alcometer use

The behaviour of drinkers using a breath alcohol level (bal) self testing device (alcometer) installed in a Melbourne hotel was observed and recorded unobtrusively. The device was used mainly on thursday, friday and saturday nights, toward closing time. The results indicate that the majority of drinkers who used the machine did so as a source of entertainment, rather than as a device for inhibiting the user from driving when above the legal blood alcohol content (BAC). This was suggested to reflect current community attitudes towards driving with excessive BAC's. A major fault in machine design lay in the device underestimating bal, by truncation of the readout display and a design modification was suggested. Recommendations for future study programs include examining the use of the alcometer in hotels located in different socioeconomic areas of Melbourne. It is concluded that in the current community or social climate the device holds little promise as an effective accident countermeasure.

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    Melbourne, Victoria  Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Sharp, K
    • Perry, D R
  • Publication Date: 1978-3


  • English

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  • Pagination: 15P
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    • Issue Number: AIR 000-101

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  • Accession Number: 01440596
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 11:03PM