"Drive Safe!" ~William Bird
What Is Drink Driving?
Drink driving is driving while under the influence of alcohol. As alcohol is a depressant, it decreases your reaction time, impairs your judgment, decreases sensitivity to red lights, and at 0.08-0.12 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), can make you 10 times more likely to crash.
In the five years to 1987, more than 110 drivers and motorcycle riders that were killed each year had a BAC greater than 0.05g/100ml. This has dropped to an average of 40 drivers and riders killed each year over the last five years (2008-2012) with a BAC greater than 0.05g/100ml.
Can Drink Driving Be Safe?
There’s no absolute safe level of alcohol consumption for competent driving. Even after just a few, your driving ability is affected. The more you drink, the higher your blood alcohol concentration, and the greater your chance of having an accident.
With a BAC level of just 0.2, you will already have a reduced ability to judge distances, and a decreased ability to respond to stimuli.