PROGRESS MADE IN CONTROLLING DRINKING-DRIVERS IN VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

The development of a drink-driving countermeasures package has produced a positive change in community attitude and has played a significant part in reducing the incidence of road crash casualties in the State of Victoria, Australia. There has been a drop in annual fatalities from 1061 in 1970 to 702 in 1982 against a background of an increase in fuel consumption, licences and kilometres driven as well as a marked shift from the use of 8 and 6 cylinder cars to lighter 4 cylinder cars. The results of a 2 year study (1980-1982) of illegal drink-driving showed a significant drop in the blood alcohol concentration of drivers who were either breath tested by patrol activity (including random testing) or blood tested as hospital casualties after a road crash. It is contended that these components of the alcohol countermeasures package provide a valuable data base for evaluation of existing countermeasures and the development of new initiatives as well as having an influence on community attitudes towards drink-driving. (Author/TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, October 3-6, 1983.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Association for Automotive Medicine

    P.O. Box 222
    Morton Grove, IL  United States  60053
  • Authors:
    • TRINCA, G W
    • Thomas, J D
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1983

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 3-12
  • Monograph Title: PROCEEDINGS OF THE TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, USA, OCTOBER 3-6, 1983. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR AUTOMOTIVE MEDICINE

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389425
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Files: HSL, ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM