Some 25 surveys of public attitudes to random breath testing (RBT) have been conducted on an Australia-wide basis since 1972 by both Morgan Gallop polls and Australian public opinion polls and by various state organisations in New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and South Australia. The Australia-wide polls indicate that public support for RBT declined between 1972 and 1976 but, since that time, (which coincides with the first introduction of RBT in Australia) support has steadily increased. Australia-wide polls also indicate that the majority of the public now support RBT. Recent surveys indicate that over 80 per cent of the population favour RBT operations. More females than males support the operation of RBT, whilst support varies amongst the various age groups with the 16 to 24-year-old age group showing the lowest support for RBT. Public support for RBT is strongest in Victoria (the first state to introduce RBT operations) and New South Wales. However, RBT operations are now supported by the majority of the public in all states and territories, including those that do not currently have RBT operating. Limited evidence suggests that support for RBT may not be significantly different between city and country residents. (Author/TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    South Australia Department of Transport, Australia

    Victoria Square
    Adelaide, South Australia,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Hallion, J
  • Publication Date: 1984-11

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  • Accession Number: 00450986
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 1/84
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 9:52PM