End Your Night Safely - Don't Drink and Drive

Alcohol impairs your ability to drive safely and increases the likelihood that the driver will engage in risk taking behaviour. You don’t have to be drunk to be affected by alcohol. Even small amounts of alcohol affect your ability to drive safely and increase your risk of being involved in a road crash.

Alcohol effects your judgement, vision, coordination and reflexes and increases your risk of having a crash.

There is a clear relationship between a person’s blood alcohol concentration and crash risk:

  • At a reading of 0.01 you are almost 5 times as likely to be in a crash.
  • A driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 has a crash risk 22 times higher than a driver with no alcohol in their system.
  • Alcohol and drug driving is the number one contributor as a factor in approximately 30% of fatal crashes in Queensland.

If you are planning to drive, the only way to be certain of staying under 0.05 is to not drink.

End Your Night Safely - Don't Drink and Drive

The consequences of drink driving include:

  • Arrest,
  • Embarrassment,
  • Damaged reputation and self esteem,
  • Loss of drivers license,
  • Loss of independence, and
  • Possible impact on employment.

The consequences where someone is injured or killed can be severe and long term and include:

  • Imprisonment,
  • Permanent disability,
  • Emotional and psychological injury,
  • Long term rehabilitation,
  • Death or incapacitation of friends,
  • Impact on family and friends, and
  • Life long guilt of taking another person’s life

Always remember; you don’t know where police will be waiting - expect to be tested.

Here are some tips for ending your night safely:

  • If you plan to drink, plan not to drive
  • Think before you drink. Think twice before you drive.
  • Never get in a car driven by someone who has been drinking
  • Nominate a 'designated driver'
  • Take a taxi
  • Plan to have someone pick you up
  • Arrange to stay overnight
  • Call a sober friend or a parent for help - they may be annoyed at the time but they will be more upset if you don't get home safely.
  • Count your drinks, and keep track of how long you have been drinking.
  • Drink light rather than full-strength beer.
  • Before driving, wait at least one hour for each standard drink consumed.
  • Remember that your BAC may rise for one to two hours after your last drink.

Tell us what you think

Please take a few moments to answer the following questions in relation to how alcohol impacts your perceptions of safety. The answers you provide will give us a better understanding of community attitudes to alcohol and safety. There are a couple of further questions on each page of this site.

The answers you choose to provide will give us a better understanding of community attitudes to alcohol and safety. Therefore, we are seeking your honest feedback in relation to your personal experiences with alcohol. You are not required to identify yourself, therefore, your anonymity is assured. Participation is completely voluntary and can be terminated at any time.

In the last 6 months I have considered taking the risk of driving home when I knew I was over the limit?
Yes No      
I know someone who has driven home in the last 6 months when they knew they were over the limit?
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In the last 6 months I have had to stop a friend from getting into a car with a driver who is intoxicated?
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Please consider answering the questions at the end of each of the 'Messages'.

Last updated April 2014