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'Rushing behind the wheel' : investigating the prevalence of 'drug driving' among club and rave patrons in Melbourne, Australia

Duff, Cameron and Rowland, Bosco 2006, 'Rushing behind the wheel' : investigating the prevalence of 'drug driving' among club and rave patrons in Melbourne, Australia, Drugs : education, prevention, and policy, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 299-312, doi: 10.1080/09687630600625946.

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Title 'Rushing behind the wheel' : investigating the prevalence of 'drug driving' among club and rave patrons in Melbourne, Australia
Author(s) Duff, Cameron
Rowland, BoscoORCID iD for Rowland, Bosco orcid.org/0000-0003-0192-809X
Journal name Drugs : education, prevention, and policy
Volume number 13
Issue number 4
Start page 299
End page 312
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0968-7637
1465-3370
Summary The paper reports the findings of survey research recently completed in Melbourne, Australia, among a sample of 455 club and rave festival patrons. This research aims to provide a clearer account of the prevalence of drug driving within such settings in Melbourne, as well as identifying relevant ‘predictors’ of this drug driving. Just under half of the sample (48%) indicated that they had driven a motor vehicle within four hours of consuming an illicit substance at least once in the past year; 22% of respondents reported driving while ‘knowingly intoxicated’ in the previous year. Fifteen percent reported such behaviour ‘several times’ or more in this time. Relatively permissive attitudes towards drug driving, coupled with higher than average prevalence of drug driving in one's peer group, were found to be significant predictors of drug driving. So too was the reported frequency of the use of cannabis and ecstasy, and the propensity to use these substances in ‘rave’ and ‘party’ settings. Given the levels of drug driving revealed in this study, the paper closes with a series of recommendations regarding the design and delivery of more effective anti-drug-driving strategies within rave and club settings.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09687630600625946
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Informa UK Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30024771

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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