The science behind road safety: Drink and drug driving


This week is Queensland Road Safety Week and together with Department of Transport and Main Roads, StreetSmarts, we’re committed to putting road safety first. In 2018, 245 people were killed on Queensland roads.

Did you know that in 2018, 119 people were killed on Queensland roads as a result of drink or drug driving? That’s almost 50 per cent (48.6 per cent) of the total 2018 road toll.

A drink or two with a mate can be a recipe for a great time but if you plan to drink, you should always plan not to drive.

Alcohol causes blurred vision, a reduction in hearing, reduced attention span and a slowing down of reaction time.

All of these things are crucial to safely operating a motor vehicle.

Did you know? If you have a breath alcohol concentration level of just 0.15, you are 22 times more likely to become involved in a crash.

The facts:

  • One in every six fatalities in 2018 on Queensland roads, was as a result of drink or drug driving.
  • If you’re an open licence holder, you are subject to the general alcohol limit (BAC below 0.05 per cent).
  • If you’re a learner, P1 or P2, probationary or restricted licence holder, you are subject to a zero alcohol limit (0.00 per cent BAC).

If you choose to drink and drive:

  • If you’re caught drink driving, you will go to court.
  • If you’re caught and your breath alcohol concentration is less than 0.10, your licence will be immediately suspended for 24 hours.

Put road safety first today:

  • Road safety week display, 10am – 2pm at Dalby Shoppingworld, Dalby
  • Coffee with a Cop, 10am – 12pm at Wynnum Plaza, Wynnum West
  • Logan road safety expo, 9.30am – 2pm at Grand Plaza

For a full and up-to-date list, visit StreetSmarts.

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