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It’s no surprise that Australia, along with the rest of the world, is making efforts to ensure drink driving a thing of the past. Drink driving amounts to almost 30% of road traffic deaths in Australia, which is an alarming percentage similar to other first world countries. The reasons behind this vary from ambivalence to the real dangers to having a bleak understanding of the drink driving limit (which is 0.05% blood alcohol concentration) and associated penalties. Among the list of reasons why people get into this type of accident is the illusion of “safe drink driving”. With the introduction of alcohol to the human system, one may experience impaired judgment, delayed reaction times, blurry and impaired vision, poor coordination and concentration and a worrying amount of false courage to drive to their next destination. 

Every state in Australia has reinforced strict drink driving penalties 

Drink driving in Australia and New Zealand is heavily penalised in the traffic law acts of each stateRecent changes in several Australian states have seen small fines and cautionary traffic warnings escalate to stricter laws that put every driver, new or old, under the radar. Every state in Australia has different laws when it comes to drink driving, for example: 

  • In New South Wales, a new law permits the police to issue a penalty notice ($561) and a 3-month driver licence suspension for drink driving offenders. This law will apply to anyone without a previous major traffic offence within the last 5 years. It is applicable for: 
(a) learner’s permit or provisional licence holder with a novice range of prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA) and a blood alcohol concentration (between 0.001 - 0.019),
(b) special category licence holders with a special range PCA and a BAC of 0.020 - 0.049
(c) full licence holders with a low-range PCA and a BAC of 0.050 to 0.079. 
  • In Victoria, aside from fines and potential licence disqualifications, those caught drink driving will also have to attend and complete a 12-hour Drink Driver Behaviour Change Program before they can apply for relicensing. You can find the full list of penalties here.  


There is so much to lose and little to gain 

Drink driving impacts not only yourself but the people around you. You may face disqualification, pay hefty fines, have to attend court or have your car impounded. There are flow on consequences such as being unable to drive (physically or legally), losing your job if a car and licence are required under your contract. Those charged criminally face a red flag when it comes to further employment or travel opportunities, not to mention inflation on your car insurance premiums. In some cases, they may even cancel your insurance or refuse to reinsure you. Even worse, if anyone was injured, you have to live with the fact that you have hurt someone or may have destroyed property (public or private).  

Sticking to the rules never hurt anyone 

As licence-bearing adults, there are sets of rules we’ve been trained to follow ever since our learner’s permit days. These rules have been pre-determined from decades of trials and experience, making them workable for every possible traffic situation. The same rule applies to drinking. But in this case, you are driving your own body and are responsible for its working conditions. Whether you drink too much or only a little, it will always affect how you “drive” your personality and character through every road in your conversations with other people. This is why it’s important to follow the simple rule of the standard drink and know what you have consumed. To ensure the standard drink is measured correctly, our special, crystal wine glasses are the most accurate standard drink measure on the market! Each and every time, here at The Standard Drink Co, we’re here to keep everyone safe. 

Key take home messages 

Unlike other types of vehicular accidents, drink driving is avoidable. People have a choice - either stick to recommended maximum standard drinks and pace alcohol consumption or face the penalties. If planning to drive, organise alternate transport or accommodation. Ensuring you know how many standard drinks you have had is the best approach to enjoying a drink in moderation.  Our crystal wine glasses have laser accurate pouring lines that take any guesswork out of pouring the perfect standard drink. Functional and fashionable, they make the perfect drink for anyone who loves a drink! 

Before you hop into your car for a night out where drinking is inevitable, always remember your decisions will not only impact your life but often others as well. Standard drink measurements are there for a reason. Drink responsibly. 

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