Alcohol and drug driving is the number one contributor as a factor in approximately 30% of fatal crashes in Queensland. Over 1 in 5 drivers and riders killed on Australian roads have a BAC exceeding the legal limit.

THE FACTS

  • Drink driving remains a major contributor to fatalities and injuries on Australian roads, even though an illegal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit has been in place for over 25 years.
  • In 2015, the Queensland Police Service conducted approximately 3.65 million breath tests and detected over 22,000 drink driving offences – representing an offence rate of approximately 0.6%.
  • A high proportion of repeat drink drivers have clinical alcohol dependence problems.2
  • Casualty crash risk doubles when driving with an alcohol level just in excess of 0.05 BAC, and the risk of involvement in a fatal crash increases even more sharply.