Almost one-quarter (23%) of drinkers believed they were still over the legal limit the next morning and an alarming one-in-four (27%) of those still got behind the wheel, according to the NRMA's Still Smashed? report into drink driving.
Still Smashed? includes a new survey of over 1,400 NRMA Members which also found that of drivers under the age of 25, 58 per cent who drank alcohol the night before thought they were still over the legal limit the next morning and of those, more than half (54%) drove.
In 2017, 55 people lost their lives on NSW roads due to an alcohol-related crash – or one-in-seven crashes where someone lost their life. From 2015-17 almost four-in-five (79%) of alcohol-related fatal crashes occurred on country roads.
The NRMA has released Still Smashed? in the midst of the Christmas party season to remind revellers of the risk of drink driving. The NRMA welcomes recent announcements of the recruitment of more police officers. The report calls for 200 dedicated Highway Patrol Officers, especially in regional NSW.