Road Safety

Alcohol-By Kayla Shepherd

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The issue

Alcohol is a mood changing legal drug that slows down your central nervous system.
Alcohol affects decision-making, reaction times, speed and distance judgments, concentration and perception, balance and alertness. It can also give a driver a false sense of confidence, which may encourage risk taking.
DID YOU KNOW: With a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05, the risk of being involved in a crash doubles. With a BAC of 0.08, you are 7 times more likely to crash and 25 times more likely with a BAC of 0.15.

How is it affecting young drivers?

Driving risks found to be more common among young drivers include: excessive speeding, speeding for the thrill or simply driving too fast for the conditions; driving too close to the vehicle they are following; using a mobile phone while driving (including text messaging); violating traffic rules; and driving at night.
Recent Australian studies have shown that self-reported risky driving behaviours are associated with significant increased risk of crashing in the first years of driving on a Provisional licence. In a study of over 20,000 young drivers in New South Wales, self-reported risky driving behaviours were associated with a 50% increase in the risk of crashing.