Qld Drink Driving Rehabiliation Receives Anti-crime Award

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2009

Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards


MEDIA RELEASE 29 OCTOBER 2009


QLD DRINK DRIVING REHABILITATION RECEIVES ANTI-CRIME AWARD


An innovative Queensland rehabilitation program for drink drivers has won national recognition at the

2009 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).


The ‘Under the Limit’ Drink Driving Education and Rehabilitation Program (UTL) is an 11-week course

offered in association with a probation order through the Queensland Magistrates Courts. 


The program aims to rehabilitate drink driving offenders, reduce alcohol-related crashes and trauma

and the crime of drink driving. 


The program received a National Certificate and cash award of $10,000, which was presented by

Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor at Parliament House in Canberra today. 


Developed by Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety –

Queensland (CARRS-Q), UTL began as a trial program in Central Queensland in 1993. By 1998, the

success of the program led to it being made available throughout the state. 


Professor Jeremy Davey, Deputy Director of CARRS-Q, said the program had delivered a 55 percent

reduction in subsequent drink driving behaviour by serious repeat offenders.


“We anticipate that the positive effects of the program will increase over time, reducing alcohol-related

crashes and trauma, the incidence of drink driving, and the social and financial costs associated with

this crime,” Professor Davey said.


The program is delivered through TAFE colleges and the cost is met by offenders, 8500 of whom have

so far been referred through the program. It is also delivered via distance education, providing state-

wide access to the program for drink driving offenders.


“The program not only has an impact on the offender, but indirectly affects potential victims of drink

driving crashes by rehabilitating these high risk and serious offenders, thereby reducing the number of

crashes and associated fatalities,” the Professor said.

 

Minister O’Connor said the program highlights the positive outcomes which can be achieved through

rehabilitation and the need for a flexible delivery method.


“The results from this program show how re-offending can be addressed through education and training

that is accessible by those who are at risk of repeat offending,” Mr O’Connor said.


The ACVPA is a joint initiative of the Australian, State and Territory governments which rewards

outstanding community-based projects that prevent or reduce crime and violence.


Eight ground-breaking projects involving young offenders and youth at risk, Indigenous communities,

religious congregations, police and community health and safety organisations have won national

recognition this year.


For more information about the Australian Community Violence Prevention Awards visit



Media contacts: Scott Kelleher 0418 159525, Caterina Giugovaz 0418 221798. 

For detail on the awards visit www.aic.gov.au/crime_community/acvpa.aspx




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2009

Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards


MEDIA RELEASE 29 OCTOBER 2009



PROJECT OVERVIEW: UNDER THE LIMIT DRINK DRIVING EDUCATION AND REHABILITATION

PROGRAM, QUEENSLAND


Under The Limit Drink Driving Education and Rehabilitation Program, Queensland

Begun as a pilot program in central Queensland in 1993, the 11-week drink driving prevention and

rehabilitation program that is offered in association with a probation order through the Queensland

Magistrates Courts has been successfully rolled out across the state. 


The program has rehabilitated many drink-driving offenders, reduced alcohol-related crashes and

trauma and the crime of drink-driving.


Key outcomes:


8500 offenders so far referred through the program


Used as a model for similar programs in NSW, WA and the ACT


A

55 percent reduction in subsequent drink driving behaviour by serious repeat offenders


ends


Media contacts: Scott Kelleher 0418 159525, Caterina Giugovaz 0418 221798. 

For detail on the awards visit www.aic.gov.au/crime_community/acvpa.aspx







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