Po­lice to tar­get drink driv­ing over hol­i­days

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

SAFETY CHECK: Mun­dub­bera’s Mar­ion Larsen takes ad­van­tage of RACQ’s visit to town to en­sure her car is safe.

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