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Development of a drink driving program for regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Posted on: 1 July, 2015
Issue: Vol 15 No 3, July 2015 – September 2015
Related to Remote Rural Alcohol use Research Road safety

Fitts MS, Palk GR (2015)
Development of a drink driving program for regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Canberra: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

This publication discusses the outcomes of a drink driving program for regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The project comprised of three independent but linked stages of quantitative and qualitative research. Analysis of drink driving convictions (2006-2010) in Queensland, identified drink driving convictions were more predominant in rural and remote areas. Qualitative interviews were conducted with participants residing in Cairns and Cape York region in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Unique risk factors associated with drink driving in the Indigenous context were identified, including kinship pressure and alcohol restrictions.

Based on the findings from the two phases, a four session program for regional and remote Indigenous communities was developed.

The program has the capacity to be an effective treatment option as part of a community-based sentencing option and assist in reducing drink driving in Indigenous Australian regional and remote communities. Program recommendations and other policy considerations to reduce drink driving in Indigenous communities are discussed.

Abstract adapted from the National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

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