The TAC recently reported alarming road toll statistics, and it pained us to see that there are still people out there who drink and drive. A large proportion of those killed in road accidents were heavily intoxicated, with some registering more than three times over the legal limit. Check out the drink driving statistics Australia below.
"In the 5 years before 1987, more than 110 drivers and motorcycle riders who lost their lives each year had a BAC greater than 0.05g/100ml. This has reduced to an average of 28 drivers and riders who lost their lives each year with a BAC greater than 0.05g/100ml from 2011-2015. In 2016, there were 34 drivers and riders who lost their lives with a BAC greater than 0.05g/100ml.
The proportion of drivers and motorcycle riders who lost their lives with a BAC greater than 0.05g/100ml has declined from 38% in 1987 to 19% in 2016.
Since 1997, Victoria Police have breath tested more than 24 million drivers and riders from Booze Bus operations, catching more than 75,000 drivers and riders with an illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) during this period.
The vast majority (99.7%) of drivers tested do not exceed their legal blood alcohol levels, however, in the last 5 years, close to 1 in 5 drivers and riders who lost their lives had a BAC greater than 0.05."
Of the 50 drivers and motorcyclists killed in 2008 with a BAC at 0.05 g/100ml or over:
- 82% were males;
- 34% were between 21 and 29 years of age, 20% were aged between 30 and 39 years, 28% were aged over 40, and the remaining 18% were 20 years of age or younger;
- 76% were involved in single vehicle crashes;
- 54% of fatalities occurred on country roads; and
- 72% died in crashes that occurred between the hours of 6pm and 6am.
In 2008, Victoria Police breath tested 1.42 million drivers and riders from Booze Bus operations. Around 5,700 drivers and riders were caught with an illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over this period.
As a company interested in road and personal safety, we sincerely hope to see these numbers go down in the years to come. Education is highly important in instilling in Australians’ minds that drinking and driving is not okay – it is dangerous and can cost your own and others’ lives. The TAC drink driving campaigns we constantly see on TV and on billboards have helped tremendously, too.
Having a breathalyser can also help drinkers to make an informed decision on whether or not to drive after a few drinks. If you know a mate or family member who tends to drink and drive, buying a breathalyser for him/her may help.
You can see more drink driving statistics Australia from TAC here