DRINK DRIVING: IT’S ALWAYS A CHOICE
Hello again readers and welcome to the third instalment in this series where Queensland Police Service (pictured Mossman Constable Peter Jarvie) will pull apart each of the Fatal Five. Last week focused on inattention when driving. This week, the true stalwart of the Fatal 5, drink driving: The reality is that alcohol is as much a drug as the other illicit drugs that are out there. Alcohol is a widely socially accepted drug where the others are generally less so, primarily due to the social and legal ramifications involving their use. While alcohol use is a common element of social and recreational interactions, there needs to be some legal frameworks when it comes to mixing alcohol and driving. Alcohol is a depressant which acts on the central nervous system, affecting the ability to function mentally as well as physically. The spin-offs can be poor judgement, impaired vision and hearing, a slowing of reaction times and an inability to think clearly and make quick decisions — all pretty important attributes when you consider the operation of something as complex as a motor vehicle. For this reason there is legislation specific to drink and drug driving. The general blood alcohol limit presently sits at .05 and has been so since Queensland was brought into line with other states many years ago. Queensland also has in place a zero alcohol limit for provisional licence holders.