skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 221592 Find in a Library
Title: Drinking and Driving Behaviour, Knowledge, Attitudes and Perceived Risks Among University Students
Journal: Acta Criminologica  Volume:17  Issue:3  Pages:14-27
Author(s): N. Nuntsu
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 14
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: South Africa
Annotation: A baseline survey was conducted to assess the driving background, the incidence of drinking and driving (DD) and riding with someone who has been drinking and driving (RDD), DD knowledge, DD attitudes, DD behavioral intentions, and DD peer intervention techniques among university students in South Africa prior to the implementation of a DD prevention program.
Abstract: Highlights of the survey results include: (1) more than three-quarters of the sample (89.2 percent) had no driver’s license, but drove anyway; (2) among those who admitted to drinking and driving (DD), males constituted a higher percentage than females; (3) most respondents who had indulged in risk behavior had also engaged in DD; (4) an overwhelming majority of the respondents (74.3 percent) had experienced passengers in cars driven by drivers under the influence of alcohol; (5) respondents in general had a low level of DD knowledge, with the majority reporting to be unsure of the definition of DD and the safe limit of alcohol consumption; (6) respondents had negative attitudes towards DD as more than 50 percent were of the view that it is not okay to DD, riding with someone who has been DD (RDD) is not okay, and DD is a problem; and (7) more than 50 percent of the respondents had no intention to engage in DD. The results of this survey have implications for program planners, program developers, and policymakers, and highlight imperative issues that need to be taken into consideration when designing DD prevention programs. Utilizing a sample 110 University of the North male and female students, a baseline survey was conducted in order to base prevention efforts on empirical evidence. Tables, bibliography
Main Term(s): Driving Under the Influence (DUI); South Africa
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse prevention; Alcoholic beverage consumption; Auto related offenses; Drunk driver programs; Drunk offenders; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Youthful DUI offenders
Note: To access the full text PDF: 1) select the provided link; 2) from the Acta Criminologica Web site, select "Table of Contents"; 3) select the corresponding Volume and Issue (see the NCJRS abstract record for the exact Volume and Issue); 4) scroll the Table of Contents to the exact article; and 5) click on the "full text" icon Downloaded on February 14, 2008.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.