We are a mob of bloody id­iots

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - STAFF WRIT­ERS

ONE in two Ter­ri­to­ri­ans has driven a car when they know they have had too much booze to legally get be­hind the wheel, a sur­vey has re­vealed.

The shock­ing Bud­get Di­rect Car In­sur­ance fig­ures show our will­ing­ness to risk our lives and the lives of oth­ers by drink-driv­ing soars above all other Aus­tralian states.

Fifty per cent of those sur­veyed ad­mit­ted they had driven when they knew they were over the le­gal limit.

The state with the sec­ond high­est lev­els of ap­a­thy to drink-driv­ing (Tas­ma­nia at 37.5 per cent) was streets be­hind the Ter­ri­tory.

The low­est was South Aus­tralia at 23.6 per cent of re­spon­dents ad­mit­ting to the dan­ger­ous be­hav­iour.

The re­lease comes amid a dis­as­trous year on NT roads. Our death toll is 47, com­pared to 29 at the same time last year.

An es­ti­mated 30 per cent of all road fa­tal­i­ties in Aus­tralia are at­trib­uted to drink driv­ing.

Po­lice, Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices min­is­ter Nicole Mani­son said such be­hav­iour en­dan­gered all Ter­ri­to­ri­ans.

“When you get be­hind the wheel af­ter hav­ing a few drinks, you are not only putting your­self at risk, but other in­no­cent road users.,” she said.

“The Ter­ri­tory road toll this year is tragic and com­pletely avoid­able with nu­mer­ous deaths linked to drink driv­ing. This be­hav­iour must stop.

“If you are out cel­e­brat­ing this fes­tive sea­son, plan ahead and ar­range a Sober Bob to get you home safely.

“What­ever you do, don’t drink and drive.’

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