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CJB135

Author Lily Trimboli and Nadine Smith
Published September 2009
Report Type Crime and Justice Bulletin No. 135
Subject Alcohol; Driving offences; Recidivism / Re-offending
Keywords PCA, drink-driving, re-offending

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Summary

Aim

This bulletin provides information on re-offending among drink-drivers in NSW.

Abstract

This bulletin provides information on re-offending among drink-drivers in NSW. Overall, 15.5 per cent of drink-drivers returned to court for another drink-driving offence within five years, and 14.3 per cent returned to court within five years charged with a non-PCA driving offence, such as a registration, a roadworthiness or a driving licence offence. Reconviction rates were found to be higher among men, Indigenous offenders, offenders aged less than 25 years, offenders who lived in areas with the highest level of socio-economic disadvantage, offenders that received a driver licence disqualification of between one and six months, and offenders with two or more convictions in the five-year period prior to their index offence. It is estimated that, within five years of their index offence, more than a third (35.5%) of drivers with these characteristics will be reconvicted of another drink-driving offence, and nearly half (49%) will be reconvicted for a driving licence, a motor vehicle registration or a motor vehicle roadworthiness offence.

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