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Zero tolerance for P-plate drivers

Gladstone region police are extremely concerned at the continued flouting of the road rules by drivers willing to risk lives on our highways.
Gladstone region police are extremely concerned at the continued flouting of the road rules by drivers willing to risk lives on our highways. Kerri-Anne Mesner

WHETHER you are 16 or 76 from July 1 if you are a learner, provisional or probationary licence holder you will be required to have a zero alcohol limit.

Previously only drivers under 25 were required to have a zero reading and those over 25 had a 0.05 limit but as of July 1 it will no longer be the case.

The zero limit also applies to first year RE motorcycle licence holders.

If you drink then drive on any of these licence types heavy fines and loss of licence will apply.

Thirty-six fatalities occurred between 2001 and 2008 involving drivers over the age of 25 who held these types of licences and recorded a blood alcohol reading.

More than 50 per cent of fatal motor bike accidents were also with riders on beginner licences with a low blood alcohol reading.

Queensland Police say consumption of alcohol impairs the ability to drive or ride a vehicle safely.

The effects of alcohol make it hard for drivers to concentrate, slow reaction times and affects vision and hearing, especially in beginner drivers.

Alcohol also gives drivers more confidence which leads them to take more risks, relaxes them which increase the chances of falling asleep at the wheel and makes simple tasks more difficult.

The brain takes longer to receive messages from the eye and then process that information and send instructions to the rest of the body making reflexes slower.

Queensland government statistics show there are 65,731 Queenslanders aged over 25 who hold beginner’s licences out of a total of over 155,000 learner drivers on our roads.

Of these 100 are over 75 years of age, 208 are between the ages of 70 – 74 and 1432 are aged 60 – 69 years with the remainder 25 – 59 years old.

Gladstone Police are asking beginner drivers over 25 to rethink that drink if they are intending to drive and to be aware of the change in the law.



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