New drink driving rules proposed
QUEENSLANDERS have until tomorrow left to have their say on proposed new drink driving laws.
State Minister for Road Safety Mark Bailey delivered the Drink Driving paper in February and is seeking public comment.
"I urge anyone who hasn't yet had their say to do so before the deadline on March 7, 2017,” he said.
On average, one in five fatalities on Queensland roads involves a drink driver.
"Based on current trends, there could be more than 2400 fatalities and serious injuries due to drink driving during the five years 2016-2020, with a projected cost of $2.7billion.” Mr Bailey said.
Proposals within the discussion paper include making it harder for people to sit out of the interlock program and making people demonstrate they can separate drinking and driving before the interlock can be removed.
The government also wants to expand the interlock system to drivers caught with a blood-alcohol reading between 0.10 and 0.149 along with learner and provisional drivers.
It wants to make all drink driving offenders complete alcohol screening and complete a brief education program, along with a mandatory face-to-face drink driving education course.
Finally, it wants to tighten the eligibility for a restricted or work licence once someone is caught drink driving.
Yarraman Police Sergeant and Forensic Crash Unit investigator Sean Relf said it was never safe to drink and drive.
"Why even be slightly affected when you drive?” Sgt Relf said.
He added you needed to have 100% of your reflexes and concentration when behind the wheel.
More than 2500 people have already had their say since the proposal was announced in February.
The legislative changes are found on the government's website, www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au.