Alcohol is the main cause of deaths on Australian roads. About one third of male motor vehicle deaths and over 10% of female deaths are due to alcohol. For pedestrians, alcohol accounts for around 40% of male and 17% of female deaths. Around half of these deaths are in those aged 15–24 years.
After just one drink a driver is less able to make decisions quickly or react promptly in an emergency.
After the second drink a driver will become more relaxed with less concern for normal restraint and attention to detail. There is a further deterioration in mental responses and physical reactions, combined with a slight degeneration in co-ordination and the execution of manipulative skills.
After the third drink a driver’s emotions become more extreme and behaviour exaggerated. The driver becomes more confident, talkative, noisy or morose and there is further deterioration in reactions, co-ordination and manipulative skill. Perceptive responses become slower and impossible feats are far more likely to be attempted.
After the fourth drink there is still further deterioration in co-ordination to the point of clumsiness. Confidence continues to increase while perceptive skills are unknowingly deteriorating. The driver’s levels of attention and powers of discrimination and normal restraint are rapidly disappearing. Impossible feats are even more likely to be attempted.
After the fifth drink normal perception of moving and static objects becomes blurred. It takes longer for the eyes to focus and speeds and distances are severely misjudged. The driver’s ability to make sensible decisions, and react promptly, is totally unreliable, resulting in high-accident-risk manoeuvres being unknowingly attempted.
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Drugs impair driving ability by reducing attention levels, the perception of risk, and the ability to make sound decisions quickly and respond promptly to the road and traffic scene. Studies in the USA show that about 10 per cent of drivers involved in accidents take non-alcoholic drugs of some kind.
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