Snr Sgt Graeme Reeves
Snr Sgt Graeme Reeves Craig Warhurst

Gympie drivers buck the trend

GYMPIE'S young drivers are bucking the national trend and doing the right thing when it comes to drink-driving.

Motor insurer AAMI recently released research suggesting young women are almost twice as likely to drink-drive as 10 years ago.

But Gympie police district officer-in-charge Snr Sgt Graeme Reeves said only two drink-drivers here in the past six months were younger than 20.

Most of the region's drink-drivers were 30-50 years old, and did not have a high reading, which indicates they misjudged how much they had drunk.

A quarter of drink-drivers here were female; the youngest was 28 and the oldest was 51.

AAMI's latest Young Driver Index, based on a study of 1100 drivers across Australia aged 18-24, revealed that while the drink-driving trend for young males was very positive, it was the reverse for young women.

Snr Sgt Reeves said while it was pleasing to see young drivers generally doing the right thing in Gympie, police would continue to have a zero tolerance to drink-driving.

"Drink-driving is a serious offence and is a major part of the fatal five offences with regards to traffic," he said.

"Gympie police do a lot of random breath testing. Our enforcement is now Intel based, with RBT locations specifically chosen to catch drink-drivers.

"If you wish to have a night out, by all means enjoy yourselves but take the time to plan alternative transport arrangements and don't guess that you may be under the limit."


Other findings

  • 13% believe it is okay to drive after a few drinks as long as they feel capable of driving
  • 21% sometimes take a different route home after drinking to avoid being breathalysed
  • 49% have been concerned that after a heavy night of drinking they are still over the limit when driving the next morning
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