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Six months of .05 and drink driving stats slashed



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Ah Bob Brown -V AUSTRALIA Minister t or Land Transport 306/91 9 September 1991

SIX MONTHS OF .05 AND DRINK DRIVING STATS SLASHED

There has been a huge decrease in the number of ACT people drinking and driving according to a new Federal Office of Road Safety study.

Releasing the study today, the Federal Minister for Land Transport, Bob Brown, said that it showed a phenomenal 87 per cent decrease in the number of drivers with a blood alcohol count (BAG) between .05 and .08.

Large reductions were also achieved at very high alcohol levels where the risk of crashes is extremely high.

The number of drivers random breath tested above .15 fell by 39 per cent while those above .20 fell by 61 per cent.

The study, The Impact of the 0.05 Alcohol Limit in the Australian Capital Territory, was undertaken by the Federal Office of Road Safety in conjunction with the Australian Federal Police. It is based on roadside RBT screening data

and evidentiary testing data for 1990 and the first six months of 1991. (Drivers above the legal limit at a roadside screening test are brought to a central point for testing on a more sophisticated evidentiary machine.)

Mr Brown said that this was the first study of the effects of introducing a .05 limit in a state or territory where random breath testing was already well established.

'In the same six month period in 1990, before .05 was introduced, there were 343 cases per 10,000 of drivers with a BAG between .05 and .08. This year there were 45.

'The overwhelming nature of the statistics reaffirms the view that the reduction to a .05 limit has major road safety benefits'.

Mr Brown said that the evidence of the study strongly supported the attempts of the Government in Western Australia to reduce the legal limit to .05. These attempts are being frustrated by the Opposition in the upper house.

Mr Brown called on the Western Australian Opposition to look at the results of the ACT study and to work with the Lawrence Government to reduce road trauma for all Western Australians. .

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