Are we tough enough on drink driv­ers?

South Burnett Times - - LIFE - Joel Tucker

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.

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