Aussie Judge Thinks Our Blood-Alcohol-Limit Is Too Low
A Queensland judge has claimed that our blood-alcohol limit of 0.05 might be “a bit low” has drawn a strong reaction right around the country.
The Bundaberg NewsMail has reported that local magistrate Neil Lavaring was sentencing a man who had registered 0.062 at a roadside test, when he questioned why the old drink-driving limit of 0.08 had been changed.
The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of drivers in any state or territory in Australia needs to be less than 0.05.
However the judge’s suggestion to raise the drink-driving limit has been met with widespread criticism, including from a father whose daughter Sarah was killed in 2012 by a distracted driver.
Peter Frazer, the man behind Safer Roads and Highways (SARAH), told news.com.au he was “very concerned a magistrate was making comments like that”.
“There should absolutely not be any change to the law. I couldn’t imagine a government amending rules to increase the drink driving limit as too many people are already killed or injured as a result of drink driving,” he said.
“Should such a circumstance occur that the government considered it, we would be vehemently opposed to it as we believe it’s everyone’s responsibility to look after each other and not increase those risks.”
According to DrinkWise, the effects from alcohol on driving are felt even when a person’s blood alcohol content is just 0.02.
When a driver’s BAC is between 0.05 and 0.08, they are slower at reacting and also have a shorter concentration span.
Above 0.08, drivers are five times more likely to have a crash than they would if they were sober.