Strategic principles of drink-driving enforcement

Monash University Accident Research Centre - Report #249 [2006]

Authors: Amanda Delaney, Kathy Diamantopoulou, Max Cameron

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Abstract:

This study aims to review the existing drink-driving enforcement research conducted by the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) to develop operational principles of drink-driving enforcement and emphasise where the best results are to be achieved. In addition, drink-driving enforcement studies undertaken in other Australian jurisdictions and internationally are reviewed. Both the Australian and international research indicates that existing drink-driving enforcement efforts have successfully contributed to reductions in casualty crashes at all severity levels. There has been little research on the costs and benefits associated with the RBT program as it operates in Victoria, however, international evidence suggests that RBT programs operated in a similar manner to the Victorian program are cost beneficial. The research also highlights a remaining group of drivers who have not been influenced by current enforcement methods. Finally, future research in the drink-driving enforcement area is discussed and the need to update this review as the nature of drink-driving enforcement evolves is noted.

Sponsoring organisation - Baseline Research Program - Department of Justice, Transport Accident Commission, VicRoads