Drink Drive on Fatality Free Friday

Fatality Free Friday has been a great success nationally in raising awareness about road safety and encouraging motorists to commit to making every drive a safe one.

“RACQ is asking motorists to make sure they know their limits and help make this Friday and every day on our roads in Queensland fatality free.”

RACQ’s Joe Fitzgerald said new research by the Club revealed some worrying trends, with nearly 10 percent of motorists confessing to driving despite believing they were over the legal limit, in the last 12 months.  Avoid drink drive situations by planning ahead.

“It’s disturbing that in this day and age so many Queensland motorists are willing to roll the dice and drive, when they believe they’re over the limit,” Mr Fitzgerald said.“Given the most common reason for doing so was that they still felt capable of driving despite the alcohol in their system, more education must be done on the issue

“RACQ’s message is simple – there’s never an excuse to get behind the wheel while affected by alcohol.

“If you plan on drinking then also plan not to drive. Consider public transport, a taxi or organise a lift with a designated driver.”

Mr Fitzgerald said when respondents were asked about the maximum number of standard drinks that could be consumed to stay under the 0.05 limit, almost half (47.7%) of women believed they could consume more than one drink in the first hour, while 12.8 percent of males said they could have more than two drinks in the first hour.

“The general guideline is that men can have up to two standard drinks in the first hour and up to one standard drink per hour after, while women can have one standard drink every hour to stay within the limit,” he said.

“Frighteningly, this means that nearly half of the women surveyed may unintentionally run the risk of driving whilst over the legal limit.

“Fatality Free Friday has been a great success nationally in raising awareness about road safety and encouraging motorists to commit to making every drive a safe one.

“RACQ is asking motorists to make sure they know their limits and help make this Friday and every day on our roads in Queensland fatality free.”

RACQ’s video on general drink driving limits can be viewed here -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4eYEW4QNCI&feature=youtu.be

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