Drivers out of excuses
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.