Drink Driving Facts and Statistics

Drink driving statistics

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The facts and figures around all drink driving statistics are really quite startling. When looking at figures like the ages of individuals involved in fatal accidents, the genders involved and the various others, it is apparent that more people need to be educated about the dangers of drink driving. The graphic above helps to display the raw facts about drink driving. Depicting all major statistics around drink driving, relationships between the information can be seen and conclusion drawn about the issue.

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.

If you, or anyone you know, have been arrested and charged with a drink driving offence and need highly qualified drink driving lawyers, call us on (02) 9283 3033 for expert legal representation.

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.

Here Are Some Drink Driving Facts

  • 0.05 Means you are at double the risk of having an accident.
  • 0.08 Means you are 7 times more likely to be involved in an accident
  • 0.15 Means you are 25 times more likely to be in an accident.

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.

If your liberty, work or lifestyle is at stake due to a drink driving offence, you need a reliable drink driving lawyer on your side. Contact us to arrange expert legal representation.

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