Driv­ers out of ex­cuses

North West Telegraph - - News - Sarah Ison

In­creas­ing penal­ties for drink-driv­ing has not de­terred peo­ple from get­ting be­hind the wheel after hav­ing a few, es­pe­cially in re­mote ar­eas, re­cent sta­tis­tics re­veal.

Re­spon­dents to the Zero Ex­cuses sur­vey, con­ducted by Seven West Me­dia, pub­lisher of the North West Telegraph, were asked to re­flect on how many stan­dard drinks they felt they could han­dle on “an av­er­age night out” and still be OK to drive.

About 43 per cent of re­mote driv­ers an­swered with one to two, com­pared to 41 per cent of re­gional driv­ers and 52 per cent of met­ro­pol­i­tan driv­ers.

How­ever, while only 14 per cent of met­ro­pol­i­tan re­spon­dents said they could han­dle three to four drinks and still be OK to drive, this fig­ure jumped to 21 per cent for re­mote driv­ers.

Roughly the same dif­fer­ence was recorded in those who felt they could han­dle five to six drinks, with just 2 per cent of met­ro­pol­i­tan re­spon­dents in­di­cat­ing they would be com­fort­able with this amount, com­pared to 5 per cent of re­mote driv­ers.

RAC cor­po­rate af­fairs gen­eral man­ager Will Golsby said al­co­hol con­sump­tion en­cour­aged risk­tak­ing be­hind the wheel and af­fected de­ci­sion-mak­ing and re­ac­tion time.

“Any sub­stance that re­duces a per­son’s driv­ing abil­ity and their ca­pac­ity to make sound de­ci­sions is a prob­lem for road safety and an is­sue for the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“Al­co­hol in­ter­locks are a good mea­sure to al­ter be­hav­iour while they are fit­ted, but we’d like to see ad­di­tional strate­gies for long-term be­hav­iour change.”

Road Safety Com­mis­sion gov­er­nance and fi­nance di­rec­tor Teresa Wil­liams con­firmed al­co­hol re­mained one of the ma­jor con­tribut­ing fac­tors to death and se­ri­ous in­jury on the roads.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.