Date PostedJanuary 17, 2013

Drink Driving Offences a Growing Problem

A rather disturbing trend in South Australia, and in fact throughout Oz, is the number of people who are still drinking and driving.

I came across an interesting post recently which detailed the issue of drivers who are forced to use alcohol interlock devices because of past offences of drinking and driving.

Read an excerpt from the post below, from

400611-interlockTHE number of serious and repeat drink-drivers using alcohol interlock devices has soared by more than 400 per cent in the past two years.

Transport Department statistics obtained by The Advertiser show 3402 South Australians were driving with mandatory alcohol interlocks in December 2012, compared with 674 in January 2011.

The Mandatory Interlock Scheme introduced in May 2009 is undertaken by drivers disqualified for either registering a blood alcohol reading of 0.15 per cent or higher, or committing a repeat offence where the reading registers more than 0.08.

South Australian Registrar of Motor Vehicles Julie Holmes said the rise in drivers who had to use the interlock scheme was disappointing.

“It is a concern that we have that many in the community who have broken the law and who choose to commit a serious drink-driving offence,” she said.

“The thing that’s disappointing is that in 2012, 23 per cent of drivers and riders killed had illegal blood alcohol content.

“That’s gone down from a peak of 42 per cent in 2006 so it is coming down, but it is far higher than anyone in the community would want it to be.”

Before starting their vehicle, drivers on the scheme must blow into the interlock device, which measures breath alcohol level.

If the breath alcohol level is not below the pre-set limit, the driver is unable to start the vehicle for up to 30 minutes before trying again.


The interlock costs the driver around $400 to install and $160 a month to maintain and also requires the driver to undertake a re-test while driving, cost and inconvenience that I’m sure everyone wants to avoid. But more importantly drinking and driving could cut your life short or worse, bring some other innocents road user’s life to an end.

Alcohol servers have a responsibility in bringing down these high numbers. That is part of the reason for the Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate which is mandatory for every worker involved in the sale or serving of alcohol.

Recognising the signs that indicate intoxication is vital because as an RSA worker you want to ensure you do not contribute to the problem of alcohol addiction, drink driving or any other form alcohol fuelled misconduct. The RSA Course is the first step in ensuring your contribution to safer and healthier Australia by helping you recognise your responsibilities and duties according to the law and how to carry them out.

If you notice a person is unduly intoxicated or has had a significant amount of alcohol, encourage them to take public transport home or call them a taxi.


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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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