By Mark Hurderbeck, Australian Financial Review ReporterAUSTRALIANS: In Australia, if you can’t drive a car, you can legally be fined $1000 for being caught driving while drunk.
But this isn’t a legal deterrent to driving while intoxicated.
In Australia in 2012, police issued nearly 9,000 tickets for driving while over the legal limit of alcohol.
They issued tickets to a man for driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.16%.
The man pleaded guilty to the offence and was fined $1500.
The man was also fined $600 and disqualified from driving for six months.
On average, about 1.5 people a day are killed or seriously injured by alcohol-related road traffic collisions in Australia.
In the past year, police have issued 1,898 alcohol-impaired road traffic deaths in Victoria, according to statistics compiled by the NSW Police Association.
The vast majority of these deaths involve people aged under 30, who account for more than half the deaths in Australia, according a recent survey.
The NSW Police said they received around 2,000 such reports in 2016, including 1,200 from children under the age of five and one each from a woman and man.
The Victorian Police said it received about 1,300 reports of alcohol-caused deaths.
“It’s very difficult to collect statistics for specific road users,” a spokesman said.
A recent report from the Federal Government’s Road Safety Agency said that while road safety has improved in the past five years, there is still a need for more research into alcohol- and drug-related crashes.
The report, titled: The Road Safety Danger Report 2016, said road crashes are the number one cause of road deaths in the Australian Capital Territory, and more than 20 per cent of deaths involved drivers who had been drinking or taking drugs.
“In Australia there are around 10,000 deaths a year due to alcohol- or drug-impeded road crashes, and it’s a very serious problem,” the report’s authors said.
“The cost of these crashes is enormous, with the costs for injured and deceased road users and their families, and for the families of those injured and dead, as well as the wider community, who are often impacted by the tragic consequences of these road deaths.”
The report recommends that more resources be allocated to improve road safety.
The Australian Crime Commission’s Road Deaths Report 2016 found that alcohol and drug use is the biggest killer of Australians in their 20s and 30s, but it also found that it was a significant cause of death for young people.
One of the most prevalent causes of death among those aged between 15 and 19 is alcohol-induced car crashes.
“There’s no question that young people have been affected by alcohol in their lives,” the ACCC’s Road Safeguards Program Manager, Greg Williams, said.
Topics:diseases-and-disorders,accidents,law-crime-and‑justice,crime,law—state-issues,vic,australiaFirst posted November 30, 2020 16:55:42Contact Mark HurlbertMore stories from New South Wales