Police to target drink driving over holidays
POLICE have numerous operations planned to target road safety – including drink driving – throughout the North Burnett during the holiday and Christmas period.
Mundubbera Police Sergeant Shaughan Lanham is urging people attending Christmas break-ups and parties to plan ahead if they intend to drink.
“Extensive random breath testing will be undertaken, including static interception sites (checkpoints) throughout the North Burnett,” Sgt Lanham said.
To stay under the limit men can consume two standard drinks in the first hour and one an hour after that.
For women, it’s one standard drink an hour.
The National Health and Medical Research Council defines a standard drink as 10g of alcohol. Research and statistics prove those who drive under the influence of alcohol have a greater chance of an accident and any Blood Alcohol Concentration over the legal limit at least doubles the risk of car crash injury and the risk of a fatal crash rises sharply.
Alcohol causes more road crashes than any other single factor in Australia.
One in four fatal car accidents involves drivers or riders who are above the legal BAC limit of 0.05.
For special licence categories such as learner and probationary drivers, taxi, bus, train and heavy truck drivers, the legal limit is zero.
Drinking affects judgment, memory and reaction time.
It takes longer for your body to expel alcohol than to absorb it, so you can drink a large quantity of alcohol in the evening and still have alcohol present in your body the next day. ■ For more on road safety across the region this Christmas, turn to pages 22 and 23 for our special feature.
SAFETY CHECK: Mundubbera’s Marion Larsen takes advantage of RACQ’s visit to town to ensure her car is safe.