27 Aug 2018

Qld Road Safety Week - Drink Driving

Did you know, Drink Driving is one of the major killer on Queensland Roads...It's Road Safety Week in Queensland and we are focusing on refreshing your knowledge towards the "Fatal Five" issues that are faced by all Queensland road users.

Drink Driving 

On average 55 people are killed & 550 seriously injured each year as a result of drink driving.1

Alcohol and drugs reduce your ability to drive safely. They affect judgement, vision, coordination and reflexes, and increase the risk of crashing. Alcohol can affect drivers and driving performance by:

  • make it hard for you to concentrate  
  • slow down your reaction time 
  • make it difficult to multi-task 
  • affect your vision and hearing 
  • make you feel more confident 
  • cause poor judgement 

Blood/breath alcohol concentration (BAC) is a measure of the amount of alcohol in the body. While legal alcohol limits are set to enforce drink driving laws, it’s always safer to not drink when we’re going to be driving.

What’s the legal limit? 

  • You must have a BAC of 0.00
    • Are a Learner, Provisional and Probationary Licence holders
    • All licence holders when driving, or in charge of a:
      • truck (any motor vehicle with a GVM greater than 4.5t)
      • a bus (built or fitted to carry more than 12 adults, including the driver)
      • an articulated motor vehicle (e.g. B-double, or road train)
      • a vehicle carrying a placard load of dangerous goods
      • a taxi, limousine or other vehicle used to provide a public passenger service.
      • a tow truck, pilot vehicle or escort vehicle escorting an oversize vehicle
      • a vehicle being used by a driver trainer to give driver training
      • a specially constructed vehicle, including a tractor.
  • If you have an Open Licence you must have a BAC below 0.05. The same applies for supervisors of car and motorcycle learner drivers.

Get to know the facts to risky behaviour!

  • 7% of Queenslanders drive when they are over the alcohol limit, while 18% may drive the next day when they may be over the limit 2
  • 31% of 18-24 year olds report driving the next morning when they may be over the limit 2
  • 55% of people who admit to drink driving see the need to change their behaviour. 2
  • drivers who admit to driving over the BAC limit on 10% or more of trips are: 2
    • more likely to be younger: 25-39 years
    • more likely to be male
    • more likely to drive long distances every week
    • equally likely to be in regional Queensland or the city

Take an alternate option – PLAN AHEAD! 

If you are going to drink, make arrangements to get home safely and avoid driving the morning after ahead of time!

Look for alternatives such as, staying at a friend’s place, using public transport, ride share, getting a taxi or choosing a designated driver to ensure you get home safely.

If you’re walking, walk with a sober friend or in a group, stay on the footpath and only cross the road at marked crossings or under a street light where you’re clearly visible to motorists. 




1. Department of Transport and Main Roads Qld. Unpublished data extracted 27 June 2018 using road casualty statistics 2013-2017.
2.Facts based off Footprints Market Research, Understanding Risky Driving Behaviour, March 2018.