We are a mob of bloody idiots
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.’