Drink driving declines
A THIRD of all Gympie assaults and domestic disturbances are alcohol-related, but only 10% of car crashes in the Gympie area this year involved alcohol.
It's a silver lining in an otherwise damning bundle of statistics linked to alcohol consumption in the Gympie region.
Gympie Police Superintendent Chris Sang said this week between January and June this year there were just over 50 assaults in Gympie, and 30% of those were alcohol-related.
There were 150 car crashes in and around the region and 10% of those were alcohol-related, he said.
"That's pretty good actually," he said.
The superintendent said there appeared to have been a culture shift, in Gympie particularly, away from drink driving.
A combination of cultural change and things like courtesy buses, access to taxis and enterprises like the new MyDriver service all helped keep that figure down.