Public Holidays are notoriously dangerous on our roads and alcohol is the major contributor to this.
Here’s our top tips on reducing alcohol-related harms this long weekend...
“Research shows that drink driving is a factor in more than 30% of all fatal crashes across NSW[i] and 2015-2017 NSW Health Statistics research showed that in the St George area there were 1,150 hospitalisations due to alcohol related risks[ii]” says Valentina Angelovska, CEO, 2Connect Youth & Community and St George Community Drug Action Team Chairperson
According to the 2016 National Household Drug Survey, a motor vehicle was the most likely risky activity undertaken while under the influence of alcohol (9.9% of recent drinkers) – Valentina is concerned that this could increase over the upcoming long weekend.
We’re urging individuals to stay cautious this Easter long weekend and here are our easy simple tips on minimising drink-driving related harms amongst yourself and others.
If you’re planning on drinking:
- Designate a non-drinking driver
- Catch a Taxi, Uber, Hola or any ride sharing option
- Stay the night and make sure you’re not over the limit in the morning
- Only accept a ride if you’re certain the driver hasn’t been drinking or using drugs
And, if you’re hosting a party over the long weekend:
- Offer guests plenty of non-alcoholic beverages like water, juice, and soda. Never pressure guests to drink alcohol
- Serve plenty of food
- Pay attention to your guests’ alcohol intake and behaviour. Call a cab, ride-sharing option or set up a ride with a sober driver
- Never serve alcohol to minors
It’s important that individuals increase their awareness of drunken behaviours and make smart decisions to ensure everyone stays safe this Easter!