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Win a prize in NSW road safety quiz

Sharon Kelley 18 June 2020
Selfie of Kate McDougall (left), from Eurobodalla Shire Council, and Glenda Castles (right), from Transport for NSW.

Eurobodalla Shire Council’s road safety officer Kate McDougall (left), with Glenda Castles (right), from Transport for NSW, checking blood alcohol levels at the Red Hot Summer Tour music festival. Photo: Supplied.

Alcohol is a factor in about one in every seven car crashes in NSW where someone loses their life.

Eurobodalla Shire Council’s road safety officer Kate McDougall said drink-driving laws are clear, but with COVID-19 restrictions easing and people’s favourite watering holes reopening, now is the perfect time for motorists to brush up on the rules.

“For example, NSW has three blood alcohol concentration limits – zero, under 0.02 and under 0.05,” said Ms McDougall.

“Since May 2019, drink-driving can result in the immediate suspension of your licence, even if it’s a first-time or low-range offence.”

Since random breath testing began in 1982, trauma from fatal crashes involving alcohol dropped from about 40 per cent of all fatalities to 15 per cent in 2017. Police conduct approximately five million breath tests in NSW each year, and have the power to randomly stop drivers to test for alcohol; arrest drivers who test above the legal limit; request drivers take a sobriety test in certain circumstances; and breath test any driver or supervising driver involved in a crash.

Ms McDougall said Eurobodalla citizens had until 21 June to test their knowledge of NSW road rules regarding alcohol.

“It’s not only a fun way to test your understanding of the rules around alcohol and driving, but there are $50 supermarket gift cards to be won,” she said.

The Transport for NSW Plan B road safety quiz can be found online.

More information about road safety education in the Eurobodalla Shire, including an online presentation for senior drivers, can also be found online.

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