Are we tough enough on drink drivers?
IREMEMBER the ads in the ’90s that told us “if you drink and drive you’re a bloody idiot”. I grew up with them and they left a lasting impression.
There has been a lot said about Australia’s success at making drink driving socially unacceptable based on successful advertising campaigns, education activities and enforcement like random breath tests.
But there’s still a lot of people doing the wrong thing, and more worryingly still, many will break the rules more than once. Alcohol increases crash risk dramatically and on average 20% of road fatalities in Queensland involves a drink driver or rider.
That’s why I’m glad this week the Department of Transport and Main Roads has released a discussion paper inviting community comment on possible changes to drink driving laws.
It’s an opportunity for all of us to have our say about drink driving penalties in Queensland; whether initiatives like mandatory education, or stricter rules around alcohol interlocks could combat the problem. Get involved and voice your opinion by heading to the government’s ‘Get Involved’ website.