Drink driving is one of the biggest killers on Victoria's roads, with around one in five drivers and riders killed having a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of 0.05. Driving while under the influence of alcohol affects perception, vision, concentration, reaction time and causes drowsiness – all of which increase the chances of having an accident.
Alcohol can affect us in different ways from one day to the next – this means there's never a 'safe' amount to drink when you’re planning to drive. With a BAC of 0.15, the risk of being involved in a crash is more than 20 times greater than with a BAC of zero.
The way to avoid drink driving is simple. If you're going to drink, plan not to drive. A quarter of drivers and motorcyclists killed have a BAC of 0.05 or above.
What we're doing about drink driving
As part of the Towards Zero Action Plan, we are:
- Introducing 10 new purpose-built drug and booze buses will be on the roads
- Trialling ‘alco-gates’ - alcohol sensors linked to exit boom gates within a car park - to prevent drink drivers getting out onto the roads
- Fitting alcohol interlock devices (which stop a driver from starting the vehicle if they have been drinking) to all drink drivers' vehicles when they are relicensed. A Victorian study found a 79% reduction in drink-drive offending among repeat drink-drivers required to have an interlock fitted upon relicensing
- Tackling the wider issue of drink driving with be better assessments and screening for alcohol problems, and more effective behaviour change programs.
- Looking at requirements for repeat offenders to have have a zero blood alcohol limit for life
- Promoting the benefits of separating drinking from driving to all drivers, like planning ahead how to get home from a night out.