RACQ backs new program for repeat drunk drivers

RACQ backs new program for repeat drunk drivers | Insurance Business

RACQ backs new program for repeat drunk drivers

Insurer and motoring body RACQ has welcomed a new government initiative that seeks to curb a deadly behaviour on the road.

The Queensland government rolled out a new online program designed to educate repeat offenders about the risks associated with drunk driving.

Steve Spalding, RACQ head of technical and safety, said the club previously called for compulsory education for drunk drivers.  

“Drunk driving is one of the top five causes of fatal crashes on our roads and unfortunately we see a shocking number of repeat drunk drivers each year,” Spalding said. “Tackling the problem of repeat offenders is a tough one, as obviously they haven’t been deterred by traditional penalties or even the risk of killing themselves or someone else. That’s why it’s crucial to address individuals’ relationships with alcohol, through a combination of better education, as well as punitive measures.” 

Last year, more than 217 people died on Queensland roads, with drunk driving causing at least 43 of the deaths.