Our top tips to avoid hopping behind the wheel this Easter

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!

If you or your teenager needs support relating to alcohol and other drugs usage, you can read more about our services here or dial 2Connect Youth & Community on 9556 1769.

[i] 2015 World Health Organisation, Western Pacific Region Road Safety Statistics
[ii] NSW Health Statistics 2015-17 data using NSW Health’s interactive tool