Regulation and Enforcement
How much exposure is enough? A study to optimise general deterrence initiatives to prevent drink-driving (2017 - in progress)
Exposure to enforcement activities is expected to deter motorists from committing offences (otherwise known as general deterrence), although the necessary level of such exposure, and what enhances and dilutes the overall effect, remains relatively unknown. This gap in scientific knowledge is a significant oversight given that: (a) deterrence-based initiatives remain the cornerstone of many road safety enforcement approaches within Australia, particularly in the area of preventing drink driving and (b) a tremendous amount of police resources is directed towards maximizing a strong deterrent effect.
This research project has a number of complementary aims, including:
The project outcomes have the potential to revolutionise (and maximise) how current deterrence-based enforcement activities are implemented by the Queensland police within a resource limited environment. The study will also ensure that Australia (in particularly Queensland) remains an international leader in the application of effective and tailored enforcement practices that reduce the prevalence (and subsequent impact) of drink driving behaviours.
This research is supported by MAIC with QPS.
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