It’s vital to stay alert on the road because car accidents are the main cause of death among young people aged 15-29, with drink driving one of the main causes of road crashes.
In Australia almost one third of all the fatal road collisions are the fault of drink drivers. Yet this ratio it three times higher than in Russia, where people consume three litres more alcohol per capita.[*]
Learner drivers must be alcohol-free while driving or riding. This doesn’t stop you from having fun, it just means you can’t drive or ride after drinking any alcohol.
If you have been drinking, Transport NSW’s Getting back to zero explains how long it can take to get alcohol out of your system.
Tips for Learner Drivers
- Make sure you have a non-drinking designated driver if you’re planning on attending a party where you may be consuming alcohol.
- Protect your mates and others by taking their keys if they attempt to drive after consuming alcohol.
- Ask for a ride.
Tips for Parents
- If you’re hosting a party or a gathering, offer your guests plenty of non-alcoholic beverages like water, juice, and soft drinks. Do not put pressure on anyone to drink alcohol.
- Arrange alternative transportation. Pay attention to your guests’ alcohol consumption and behaviour. Call a taxi or arrange a ride with a sober driver.
- Never serve alcohol to minors.
- Serve plenty of food.
You can find more on Transport for NSW Centre for Road Safety’s Alcohol and driving page