RANDOM BREATH TESTS AND THE DRINKING DRIVER: THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCE

The aim of this study was to present an overview of measures taken to combat problems surrounding the incidence of road accidents and the threat they pose to life and property. Particular emphasis was placed on the impact of random breath testing (RBT). The methodology began with an assessment of the impact of alcohol on accidents. Countermeasures were then reviewed; these measures which attempt to change the behaviour of the drinking driver, and more direct methods which concentrate on modifying the physical or social environment. Random breath testing focuses on the alcohol impaired; its main objective being to enhance general deterrence by convincing drivers that there are high risks of detection. A wide variety of indices were examined to assess its effectiveness in South Australia; these include feedback from key sections of industry, opinion surveys, police and hospital statistics on road deaths and injuries, court appearances and police reports on RBT activities. The authors concluded that whilst RBT has had an effect, the effect has not been as long term as many had expected, but that this did not discount its usefulness as a countermeasure in certain situations. (Author/TRRL)

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    Alcohol and Drug Addicts Treatment Board

    3/161 Greenhill Road, 1st Floor
    Parkside, South Australia,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • BUNGEY, J
    • Sutton, A
  • Publication Date: 1983-11

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 90 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389229
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-7243-6404-8
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 1 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1984 12:00AM