Road Safety

Alcohol, teenagers and the safety of our roads

Alcohol and Driving

Alcohol is a mood changing drug that slows down your central nervous system. After just a few drinks your blood and alcohol concentration rises and so does the probability of being in a fatal crash.
Drinking driving is a factor in about one in every five crashes in NSW where someone loses their life. Although you might feel normal, no one drives well after drinking alcohol. NSW has three blood alcohol limits for drivers: zero, under 0.02 and under 0.05. It is illegal for you to drink alcohol while you are driving, even if your blood alcohol concentration stays below your legal limit.

Road Safety Awareness Week

Monday, May 4th, 7am to Sunday, May 10th, 11pm


Around 186 300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually, and rates of road traffic death are three times higher in developing countries than in developed countries. This week is about raising awareness to the dangers of driving and how we can keep ourselves and others safe.


- Compared to more experienced drivers (those who have been driving for 5 years or more) first year Provisional drivers are 3 times more likely to be injured in a crash if they have been drinking.
- The risk is greater for young drivers: drivers in their 20s have at least 5 times the risk of crashing compared to drivers in their 30s for all alcohol levels.
- One in 10 teens in high school drinks and drives.
- Factors that help to keep teens safe include parental involvement, minimum legal drinking age and zero tolerance laws, and graduated driver licensing systems.