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Research Conducted by K.A. Armstrong and Co-Researchers Has Updated Our Knowledge about Risk Management

June 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Weekly News -- Researchers detail new data in Risk Management. According to news reporting out of Kelvin Grove, Australia, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "Drink driving among women is a growing problem in many motorised countries. While research has shown that male and female drink drivers differ on a number of characteristics, few studies have addressed the circumstances surrounding women's drink driving offences specifically."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research, "To add to previous research by comparing apprehension characteristics among men and women and to extend the understanding of the female drink driving problem by investigating the drink driving characteristics that are unique to women. The sample consisted of the 248,173 (21.5% women) drink drivers apprehended between 2000 and 2011 in Queensland, Australia. Gender comparisons showed that women were older, had lower levels of reoffending, and were more likely to be apprehended in Major Cities compared to men. Comparisons of age group and reoffending and non-reoffending among female drink drivers only revealed that higher BAC readings were more common among younger women. Moreover, a substantial minority (13.7%) of women aged 24 years or younger were apprehended with a BAC below0.05%, reflecting a breach of the zero tolerance BAC for provisional licence holders in Australia. Older women were more likely to be charged with a 'failure to provide a test' offence as a result of refusing to provide a breath or blood sample, indicating that drink driving is associated high levels of stigma for this group. Reoffending occurred among 16.2% of the female drink drivers and these drivers were more likely than non-reoffending drivers to record a mid to high range BAC, to be aged 30-39 or below 21years, and to be apprehended in Inner Regional or Remote locations."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Findings highlight the unique circumstances and divergent needs of female drink drivers compared to male drivers and for different groups of female drivers."

For more information on this research see: Profile of women detected drink driving via Roadside Breath Testing (RBT) in Queensland, Australia, between 2000 and 2011. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2014;67():67-74. Accident Analysis and Prevention can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier -; Accident Analysis and Prevention -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting K.A. Armstrong, 130 Victoria Pk Rd, Kelvin Grove, Qld 4059, Australia. Additional authors for this research include H. Watling, A. Watson and J. Davey.

Keywords for this news article include: Kelvin Grove, Risk Management, Australia and New Zealand

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