02:35am Sunday 17 December 2017

Short and successful: More drink drivers set to stay under the limit

Originally developed by QUT’s Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) in 1993, the Under Limit Program has been found to reduce repeat high-range offences by 55 per cent.

CARRS-Q state program coordinator Sue Taylor said more than 11,000 Queenslanders on drink driving charges had undertaken the Under the Limit program since being introduced.

Ms Taylor said previous evaluations of the program had shown success in reducing repeat offences was highly dependent on course completion.“In June this year we launched a revamp of the program, shortening it to six weeks and we’ve found this to be highly effective in reducing attrition rates,” Ms Taylor said.

“This illustrates the importance of attending each session for the full program.”

Ms Taylor said in addition to being shorter, the revised program focused to a greater extent on participants devising their own ways to avoid drink driving that were most likely to work in their own personal circumstances.

“It is about putting alcohol consumption and decision making in the context of their lives and challenging them to come up with solutions,” she said.

Ms Taylor said a key element of the program was the drink tracker, which saw participants record their drinking habits.

“Based on 112 participants from trials of the 11 week Under the Limit program, 35 per cent of participants reduced their weekly alcohol consumption on average from 30 standard drinks to 10 standard drinks, this was recorded from weeks 4 to 10.

To find out more about the Under the Limit drink driving rehabilitation program visit, http://www.carrsq.qut.edu.au/utl/general1.jsp

The under the limit program is currently being offered in the following locations throughout Queensland:

    Brisbane South – Lang Park PCYC and Logan
    Brisbane North – Chermside
    Brisbane West – Ipswich
    Southern Region – Dalby, Gatton, Roma, Stanthorpe, Toowoomba and Warwick
    South Coast Region – Burleigh and Southport
    North Coast Region – Bribie Island, Caboolture, Caloundra, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Maroochydore, Nambour, Noosa and Redcliffe
    Central Region – Bowen, Bundaberg, Cannonvale, Gladstone, Mackay, Maryborough, Proserpine and Rockhampton
    Northern Region – Mount Isa and Townsville
    Far Northern Region – Atherton, Cairns, Innisfail and Mareeba

Media contact:
Sandra Hutchinson, QUT Media (Tue, Wed), 07 3138 9449 or media@qut.edu.au
After hours, Rose Trapnell, 0407 585 901


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