Community attitudes towards sanction- and therapeutic-based countermeasures to address drug-driving in Victoria, Australia

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Abstract

Drug-driving is becoming an increasing road safety concern in Victoria, Australia. The implementation of enforcement approaches will likely increase the number of drivers being detected for drug-driving. It follows that a priority area of research is to better understand effective countermeasures to prevent drug-driving, and reduce associated recidivism.

The aim of this research was to identify community attitudes towards a range of sanction- and therapeutic-based countermeasures to address drug-driving.

A total of 1,852 participants (50.5% male) took part in a survey designed to capture experiences and attitudes towards drug-driving.

Most (88.8%) reported lifetime alcohol use, 43.3% indicated having used an illicit drug(s) or misused prescription medication, in contrast to 10.7% who reported never having tried alcohol or other drugs. Of those who reported having ever tried a drug other than alcohol (801, 43.3% of sample), 23.0% indicated having driven whilst suspecting that they were under the influence, with 40.8% of respondents reporting they had done so within the last 12 months. Support for sanction- and therapeutic-based countermeasures for drug-driving were seen to differ across three groups defined as: non-drug-users, drug-users with no self-reported history of drug-driving and self-reported drug-drivers. The results reinforce the need for continued enforcement and education programs; but also highlight support for the introduction of a therapeutic-justice model. A more nuanced and streamlined approach that matches offender needs with targeted intervention will likely mitigate drug-driving behaviour moving forward.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety 2019 - Edmonton Convention Centre, Edmonton, Canada
Duration: 18 Sep 201921 Sep 2019
Conference number: 22nd
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Conference

ConferenceInternational Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety 2019
Abbreviated titleICADTS 2019
CountryCanada
CityEdmonton
Period18/09/1921/09/19
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Liu, S., & Fitzharris, M. (2019). Community attitudes towards sanction- and therapeutic-based countermeasures to address drug-driving in Victoria, Australia. Abstract from International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety 2019, Edmonton, Canada.