Drink driving shock over AFL long weekend

JAMES JUST

Pulled over for testing. Source: Wikimedia

Man pulled over for testing. Source: Wikimedia

A startling number of Victorian and Queensland motorists were found over the limit during the AFL long weekend last Monday.

According to Victorian police statistics, 218 out of 1900 drivers tested positive after being pulled over, being roughly equivalent to almost 1 in 424.

RACQ Spokesperson, Lauren Ritchie said drink and drug driving are major factors in road fatalities and are issues which constantly need addressing.

“Drink driving accounts for more than 20 per cent of all fatalities on the road and is part of the ‘fatal five’,” she said.

“It’s one of those serious issues we have on roads and is very preventable if people do the right thing and you will find it often comes down to how considerate a person is when drinking.”

Managing Director of Driver Safety, Russell White said more work on public awareness about drink and drug driving needs to be made to reduce incidents.

“You’ll find that drink and drug driving related incidents will almost always occur more often during times of celebration and people need to be especially conscious of how much alcohol they consume during those times,” Mr White said.

“People think that their driving skills won’t be impaired if they drink too much or take something shouldn’t, but they’re always wrong and unfortunately they often pay for it.

“I think the important thing is to create more awareness around drink and drug driving so we can see a reduced number of fatalities, especially during times where people are meant to enjoy themselves.”

The number of drivers caught over the limit during the AFL long weekend still remained high despite multiple warnings from authorities and the pronounced increased police presence.

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