Did you know?
- Too many people are killed and seriously injured each year on Queensland roads as a result of drink driving. It accounts for more than a fifth of all lives lost on Queensland roads.
- Drinking alcohol reduces our ability to drive safely. Alcohol affects judgement, vision, coordination and reflexes, and increases the risk of crashing.
- 9% of Queenslanders admit to driving when they are over the alcohol limit, while 23% admit to driving the next day when they may be over the limit1.
- The Queensland Government rolled out a number of drink driving reforms at the end of 2021 including changes to the alcohol ignition interlock program and drink driving education programs.
You lapse, you lose
If you’ve had a drink or two and only think you’re OK to drive, that’s a lapse. And on the road, you lapse? You lose. Drink driving carries hefty penalties, but it could cost you so much more. The answer? Just don’t drink and drive.
The low-down on drink driving
Alcohol BAC limits by licence type
In Queensland, Learner, Provisional and Probationary Licence holders are not permitted to drive after drinking any alcohol. They must have a zero blood/breath alcohol concentration (0.0 BAC) limit.
Open licence holders must have a BAC lower than 0.05. The same applies for supervisors of car and motorcycle learner drivers.
The following licence holders must also maintain a zero BAC when driving:
- any vehicle weighing over 4.5 tonnes or an articulated motor vehicle. For example, a B-double or road train
- a bus built or fitted to carry over 12 adults, including the driver
- a vehicle carrying a placard load of dangerous goods
- a taxi, limousine or public passenger vehicle
- a tow truck, pilot or escort vehicle escorting an oversized vehicle
- a vehicle being used by a driver trainer to give driver training or a specially constructed vehicle (including a tractor and motorcycle)
- a class RE licence holder in their first year of riding
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