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NSW Sober Driver Program

Harvey, Peter

Drink/Drug Driving


Every year in NSW, approximately 20,000 people are convicted for drink driving offences. In 2002, alcohol was a factor in 21% of all fatal crashes. The economic cost of these crashes to the community is approximately $192 million. Repeat drink drive offenders represent a significant proportion of the drink-driving problem in NSW. Australian and international research shows the recidivist drink driver to be resistant to traditional interventions. The NSW Sober Driver Program was developed as a whole of government initiative to target serious road safety problems caused by repeat drink drive offenders in NSW.