Drink drivers try to outrun police: RACQ

RACQ research has revealed nearly half of drivers who suspected they were over the legal alcohol limit had taken a different route home to avoid being breathalysed.

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The Club released the alarming statistics, as part of Queensland Road Safety Week, to highlight the dangers of drink driving.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said 13.7 percent of drivers surveyed admitted to driving while they thought they were over the limit and, of those drivers, 46 percent admitted to avoiding police random breath tests.

“What’s most disturbing is these drivers know they’re doing the wrong thing and are actively trying to get away with it,” Ms Ritchie said.

“They’re not only putting their lives on the line, but the lives of everyone else on the road.

“Drink driving contributes to around 20 percent of all fatalities on Queensland roads.”

Ms Ritchie said RACQ was also concerned 31.4 percent of female respondents believed they could consume more than two standard drinks in the first hour to stay below the 0.05 blood alcohol content limit.

“The guideline for women is they can consume a maximum of one standard drink an hour, so it’s really worrying so many don’t know their limits,” she said.

Ms Ritchie said motorists needed to make sure they planned ahead for social activities which involved alcohol.

“If you know you’ll be drinking, it’s best to leave the car at home and set up an alternative transport option,” she said.

“Get a taxi, a rideshare, a bus, or ask a friend or family member to give you a lift – just don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve had too much to drink.”

The 2017 Queensland road toll stands at 153, compared to 157 at the same time last year.