Drink driving Statistics NSW
2012 there were 369 deaths recorded.
Drink driving Statistics NSW
2013 there were 339 Deaths recorded.
One in five of these deaths involved drink driving. So despite the police clamp down, the government advertising and the growing sense of drink driving being socially unacceptable, around 70 people are killed every year in NSW because of drink driving.
Astonishingly, of the drink drivers who were killed in the five-year period from 2008 to 2012, 89 per cent are men. Perhaps less surprising is that 66 per cent are under the age of 40.
Of course there is a wide difference of blood alcohol levels in these cases but the bottom line is you don’t have to be drunk to be affected by alcohol.
You might feel like you are OK, like you are normal even, but no one drives well after drinking alcohol. Any alcohol.
Because of this scenario with drink driving and young drivers, a Zero alcohol limit has been placed on Learner and Provisional license holders in NSW. Drink Driving Statistics show that they are at a much higher risk of crashing or causing a crash.
So how long does it take to sober up after drinking?
Getting back to a zero alcohol reading takes a long time. Drinking coffee, eating food, doing physical activity or sleeping will not speed up the process. In fact there is no formula for the sobering process as there are simply too many physical factors involved and primarily ones at the blood cell level.
The effects of alcohol are wide ranging and impossible to avoid. After a big night out you may still have alcohol in your system for much of the next day. Alcohol is a depressant and can slow down your brain, reduce your judgement and give you false confidence etc.
So what powers do the NSW police have when it comes to drink driving?
NSW police can:
• Stop drivers at random to test for alcohol
• Arrest drivers who have an illegal BAC level
• Arrest drivers they believe are impaired by drugs including alcohol, and conduct a blood and urine test
• Require a driver to undergo a sobriety test in certain circumstances
Drink driving Statistics NSW show that since the introduction of Random Breath Test (RBT) in 1982, fatal crashes involving alcohol have dropped from around 40 per cent of all fatalities to the current level of 19 per cent.
To achieve this reduction in Drink driving Statistics NSW, State police conduct (quite astonishingly) more than 4.5 million breath tests in NSW.
So at all costs do not drink and drive. If you do drink then always find an alternative means of transport. If in doubt about whether you still have alcohol in your blood stream from earlier in the day or the night before then assume you do and leave it another night before you get behind the wheel again.
A WORD ON ENERGY DRINKS
Energy drinks can mask the effects of alcohol, as the caffeine makes you feel more alert. Your blood however does not make this distinction. Your blood alcohol concentration does not change if you drink energy drinks, even though you may feel like it’s lower.
It is not OK to drink and drive ever and that includes if you’ve had alcohol mixed with an energy drink.
Always plan ahead and use other ways of getting home safely.
For more information on Drink Driving Statistics NSW vist the NSW Centre for Road Safety Here