Driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal and will incur substantial penalties. Alcohol affects your driving skills significantly and as a consequence increases crash risk - in fact, drink driving is one of the leading causes of road fatalities.
Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is a measure of the amount of alcohol in your blood. BAC is the number of grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. (0.05 BAC = 0.05 grams alcohol/100 ml of blood).
The relative risk of crashing increases dramatically as your BAC increases - a BAC of 0.05 doubles the risk of crashing.
Remember that alcohol stays in your system for a while and that many drivers test above 0 BAC the morning after drinking.
About half of all crashes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights are alcohol-related.Don't risk crashing because you're driving while impaired by alcohol
The safest BAC is always 0. To avoid drink driving if you know that you will be drinking:
Alcohol is a depressant that affects your driving ability by:
Depending on your licence class, the BAC limits are slightly different.0.00 BAC limit:
For learner, P1 and P2 drivers the BAC level is 0.00. This means you must not drive after having consumed any alcohol at all.0.02 BAC limit:
For selected other drivers (i.e. dangerous goods drivers and coach drivers) the BAC limit is 0.02.0.05 BAC limit:
For full licence holders, the BAC limit is 0.05.
The penalties for drink driving offences depend on the severity, i.e. the BAC detected and may include:
There are many different ways in which alcohol affects people. Some of the factors affecting the BAC level include:
Also, drinking the same amount of alcohol on different days can result in different BAC levels.People in this room will have a different BAC level even if they drink the same amount
There are several things which can make a person feel more alert, but all fail to reduce the BAC level in your blood. The BAC level won’t be affected by coffee, a meal, fresh air, showers or even by throwing up. It might make you feel better, but doesn’t sober you up!The only thing that will sober you up is time.
Keep in mind that if you had a lot to drink the night before, you are likely to still have alcohol in your blood the next morning, and sometimes even the next afternoon. A common mistake people make is to assume that a few hours of sleep will get rid of the alcohol in your blood.
Taking a car to a friends place for a night involving heavy drinking means you will likely need to take a taxi back home the next morning.
Police conduct random breath tests across NSW that are meant to detect and deter drink driving. If selected, you must blow into a testing device that gives an indication of the BAC level in your blood. If over the limit, you will be charged.
Drivers who are admitted to a hospital after any kind of road accident are required to provide a blood sample or to take a breath test.
Refusal to take blood tests/breath tests is an offence, and penalties include fines, loss of licence and imprisonment.