Limit to be lowered Down-under

DRINK-DRIVING laws in Australia could be toughened to reduce the limit from .05 to .02 or even zero for people aged under 26, after a national road safety report found younger drivers contributed to more than a third of alcohol-related road deaths.

”Reducing the legal BAC [blood alcohol content] limit from 0.05 to zero (or 0.02) for young drivers up to the age of 26 would prevent a significant number of deaths and serious injuries per year across Australia,” the report states.

”It has been suggested that this would have a similar benefit as raising the legal drinking age from 18 to 21 years without the same level of impact on the community.”

The draft report, which is being reviewed by all transport ministers, noted the experience of Sweden, which reduced its drink-driving limit from .05 to .02 in the 1990s and had a 10 per cent drop in fatal crashes involving alcohol.


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One Response to Limit to be lowered Down-under

  1. dbda says:

    Dr Rudin-Brown, senior research fellow at the Monash University Accident Research Centre has said ‘Lowering the blood-alcohol limit from .05 to .02 for drivers is not likely to have that much of a significant effect on crash risk, because the people who are .02 or .05 are the same people, they have just one drink and this will not address serious high risk offenders”

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