Despite the well known dangers associated with drink driving, it still remains a very common offence in our society. Benjamin & Leonardo are highly qualified in handling such legal matters.
When you look at the drink driving statistics, it becomes very clear how dangerous drink driving is and how it should never be considered lightly.
Major Drink Driving Statistics
- 3.4 MILLION random breath tests were conducted by Police last year in NSW alone
- 90% of all drink driving accidents occur in rural areas
- 90% of drink drivers involved in fatal accidents are male
- 33% of all drink drivers involved in fatal accidents are aged between 17-24
- 30% of all drink driving fatalities occur between 9pm – 3am, Thurs, Fri & Sat nights
- 27% of all fatal crashes in rural areas involve drink drivers
- 25% of all drink drivers in fatal crashes are aged between 30-39
- 18-20% of all fatal accidents in NSW include drink driving as a factor
So what is a safe amount of alcohol to have if you are intending to drive later? None; there is no ‘safe’ Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level.
According to studies, any amount of alcohol will increase the risk of an accident; even the national 0.05 BAC level will double your risk. The more you drink, the more likely you will have an accident. So for various BAC levels, your risk of an accident will increase as follows:
- 0.05 = Double the risk
- 0.08 = 7 times the risk
- 0.15 = 25 times the risk
Most people believe they have their own way to reduce the blood alcohol level in their system and ‘sober up’. These theories include things like eating or exercising to ‘flush out’ the alcohol in the system. These are however fallacies. The actual fact is that for two hours after you have stopped drinking, your blood alcohol level continues to rise and no amount of food, coffee, exercise or sleep will reduce your BAC levels.
In the event that you find yourself in police custody for being over the legal BAC limit, do you know what your options are?
The repercussions of having your license suspended are quite far reaching. Penalties vary depending on your prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA), whether this is your first offence and the situations surrounding your drink driving offence. Penalties if you are convicted include the suspension and disqualification of your licence, heavy fines and even gaol time.
If you find yourself going to Court to face a drink driving charge you should enlist the help of a specialist drink driving lawyer that can help you navigate your way through our complex legal system, helping you achieve the best possible result.