Wasted walkers a risk during New Year’s celebrations

The State’s peak motoring body has warned New Year’s Eve revellers to think twice about trying to walk home following a few drinks after data revealed one in three pedestrians killed on Queensland roads was affected by alcohol.

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The latest Transport and Main Roads figures revealed over the past 18 months, more than 30 percent of pedestrians killed on the roads had a blood alcohol reading of at least 0.05.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said walking was often wrongly considered the safest route home after a big night and she urged people to rethink plans to get home on foot.

“Obviously driving or riding drunk is extremely dangerous and illegal, but the roads can still be dangerous for pedestrians who’ve had a few too many drinks,” Ms Hunter said.

“Alcohol impairs our ability to judge distances, delays our reaction times and affects our concentration meaning we’re easily distracted by friends or phones and can wander onto the road and into danger.”

Ms Hunter reminded partygoers personal scooter devices were off limits if they’d been drinking.

“Just like driving, riding a bike or a horse, you can’t scoot if you’re under the influence of alcohol,” she said.

“If you must walk home, do so with a sober mate, cross at signalised or pedestrian crossings and take care around the roads.

“Better yet, organise a designated driver, grab a taxi or ride-share, or catch public transport – we want you to have fun, but also get home safely.”