Day 2: DRUID conference – more interesting Drug Driving facts

When I left you last night I said that I was on my way to the DRUID conference dinner. Upon my return to the Wolkenburg (the venue) I found that the room that we had been sitting in all day had been turned into a beautiful dining all with candles and chandeliers.

 Since I am the only delegate here from Concateno,  I just got my dinner and asked if I could join the nearest table. I couldn’t have picked a better table of friendly and knowledgeable people. I was sat with the Dutch road safety research team and the representative from the European Drugs Agency (who also turned out to be English). so the conversations were interesting to say the least. Topics ranged from what to do about legal highs and the resurgence to the imminent Man City v Bayern Munich match and the difference between Dutch and Flemish accents.

 This morning’s sessions focused on an in depth look at the results. For me these were the most interesting things from this morning’s session:

  •  The most common DUI/DUID offender is young and male
  •  86% of people in driver rehabilitation programmes are male, and 23% have been in driver rehabilitation classes before
  •  Despite these driver rehab (DR) statistics, DR is still considered a very good way to change driver behaviour
  • The best way to change driver behaviour, however, is license withdrawal. It shows a significant correlation to increased deterrence levels in comparison to fines or imprisonment
  • The recommended range of license withdrawal from DRUID (depending on offence) is 3-12 months
  • DRUID recommends that the best strategy would be to withdraw the offender’s license as well as admitting them to a driver rehabilitation programme. Retrieval of the license depends on the competition of the programme
  •  Even though DRUID is over, this isn’t my final post. Come back tomorrow for my summary and conclusion blog

Thanks for reading!

Alistair

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