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The association between alcohol interventions and Dui incidents in Geelong, Victoria

Sonderlund, Anders L., Miller, Peter, Palmer, Darren and Kremer, Peter 2013, The association between alcohol interventions and Dui incidents in Geelong, Victoria, Journal of alcoholism and drug dependence, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-6.

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Title The association between alcohol interventions and Dui incidents in Geelong, Victoria
Author(s) Sonderlund, Anders L.
Miller, Peter
Palmer, Darren
Kremer, Peter
Journal name Journal of alcoholism and drug dependence
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Publisher OMICS Publishing Group
Place of publication [India]
Publication date 2013
ISSN 2329-6488
Summary Introduction and aims : Driving under the influence of alcohol is a major public health problem, every year affecting the lives of billions around the world - and not least in Australia. Since 2001, several Traffic Accident Commission (TAC), police, and community interventions have been implemented in Geelong, Australia to curb drink driving. The current paper aims to assess the impact of 13 alcohol interventions on drink-driving rates in the Geelong region of Australia. The interventions comprised seven TAC media campaigns, three Victoria Police operations, two community interventions targeting licensed premises, and the alcohol interlock program.

Method : This study examined two types of Victoria Police frequency data: Driving under the influence (DUI) offences, and roadside preliminary breath testing (PBT) rates. Multiple regressions were carried out to determine if any of the interventions were significantly associated with frequency fluctuations in the data.

Results : Of the 13 alcohol interventions examined, three TAC campaigns and one Victoria Police operation precipitated significant decreases in drink-driving rates, while another three TAC campaigns were associated with significant increases in drink-driving rates. Over one in five (22.5%) had recorded prior DUI offences.

Conclusions : The most promising approach to curbing DUI-rates in Geelong, appear to be through informative media campaigns which show people specific settings where they might become mildly intoxicated without being aware of it, such as TAC’s ‘Education 1’ campaign. However, there remains a worrying level of recidivist drink drivers in Geelong suggesting the need for tailored approaches.
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052712

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