Alcohol and Drugs
Drink DrivingTheres a belief - particularly among young men that driving drunk is unacceptable, but having a few drinks and driving is OK.
AlcoholAlcohol is a drug which affects your skills, mood and behaviour. Just a few drinks increases your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) and as your BAC increases, so does your risk of being involved in a crash: 0.05 Double the risk 0.08 7 Times the risk 0.15 25 Times the risk
Other DrugsOther drugs also impair your driving and mixing one drug with another, or mixing alcohol with other drugs, dramatically increases your risk of crashing if youre stupid enough to try driving.
Paranoia CampaignThe RTA's latest drink driving campaign breaks from traditional road safety advertising to focus on psychological feelings.The Paranoiacommercial taps into the fear and guilt that drink drivers experience and explores their anxiety, restlessness and fear of getting caught
The CampaignThe campaign focuses on the unpredictability of mobile RBT.Post-production and special effects create the lead characters feelings of paranoia.After he leaves the pubhe thinks he sees police wherever he goes. The Cruel Seas hit song Better Get a Lawyer Son, is used to help deliver a powerful and lasting message.
The Truths Drink driving is a factor in about 18 per centof all fatal crashes in NSW.The figure is even higher (27 per cent) in country areas. In fact, 70 per centof all fatal drink drive crashes happen in the country.The majority (90 per cent) of drink drivers in fatal crashes are men.One third of all drink drivers in fatal crashes are aged 17-24 years (despite making up only about one-seventh of all licensed drivers).One quarter of all drink drivers in fatal crashes are aged 30-39 years.30 per centof all fatal drink drive crashes occur between 9 pm and 3 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.Drink Driving The Facts
Drink driving is a factor in about one in every five crashes in NSW where someone loses their life. Of the people who are killed, 88 per cent are men and 75 per cent are under the age of 40.You dont have to be drunk to be affected by alcohol. You might feel normal but no one drives as well after drinking alcohol.
The Facts cont......Novice drivers with any level of alcohol in their blood are at a much higher risk of crashing. This is why learner and provisional licence holders are restricted to a zero alcohol limit.Getting back to zero (sobering up), takes a long time. No amount of coffee, food, physical activity or sleep will speed up the process.In NSW, police have the power to: Stop drivers at random to test for alcohol.Arrest drivers who test over the legal limit.Arrest drivers they believe are impaired by drugs, and conduct a blood and urine testRequire a driver to undergo a sobriety test in certain circumstances.
The Facts cont......Since the introduction of RBT in 1982, fatal crashes involving alcohol have dropped from 40 per cent of all fatalities to the current level of 19 per cent.Last year police conducted 3.4 million breath tests in NSW.Drink driving is stupid.
Blood Alcohol Limits
NSW has three blood alcohol limits:zero, 0.02 and 0.05.Your BAC is a measure of the amount of alcohol you have in your blood. The limit which applies to you is dependent on the category of your licence and the type of vehicle you are driving.
Zero BAC Applies To:
ALL learner drivers. ALL Provisional 1 drivers. ALL Provisional 2 drivers. ALL visiting driversholding an overseas or interstate learner, provisional or equivalent licence.
Drugs and Driving don't mix
Drugs affect all driving skills, and not just illegal drugs.Prescription drugs and even over the counter medicines can affect your driving skills if you dont follow instructions or your Doctors advice.Taking more than one drug or mixing alcohol and drugs and then driving is even more dangerous. But taking drugs of any kind and then driving puts you at greater risk of injuring or killing yourself, your friends or other innocent people.
Roadside Drug Testing
Police have powers to carry out roadside drug testing on any driver, rider or supervising licence holder in NSW.There are harsh penalties for driving while impaired by drugs, including a $2,200 fine, up to 9 months in jail and licence disqualification. Heavier penalties apply for a second offence.
Dont take the risk, have a plan B.
If you are affected by drugs or alcohol:Use public transport or a taxi.Get a lift with someone who has not been drinking or using drugs.Let people know where you are by taking your mobile.Stay at a friends house.Tell a friend or let someone know if youve taken drugs and dont feel right to drive.Sleep it off before you even think about driving, but remember, dont drive when youre coming down
Plan B Campaignhttp://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/planb.html