ON TRACK: Tweed Traffic Offenders Intervention Program facilitator Alfie Summers hopes the program will help participants to be safer on the road.
ON TRACK: Tweed Traffic Offenders Intervention Program facilitator Alfie Summers hopes the program will help participants to be safer on the road. Liana Turner

Drugs, alcohol linger

HAD a big night? You’d better not have a big day ahead.

In an ideal world, alcohol would disappear from your body quickly once you stop drinking, but depending on your age, height, weight, and many other factors, it can take at least an hour per standard drink for your body to metabolise alcohol.

During Wednesday’s instalment of the Traffic Offender’s Intervention Program at Tweed Heads PCYC, facilitator Alfie Summers from Krurungal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Welfare focused on the different substances which affect your ability to drive safely.

He reiterated there’s no golden equation to establish your blood alcohol concentration.

“There are too many variables,” he said.

Alcohol is metabolised much slower than it’s absorbed, and binging on water or food after a big night won’t bring your reading down. Only time will do this – and the same can be said for drugs.

Mr Summers hoped the participants would gain fresh perspectives about substance use and driving after the session.

What’s your BAC?

  • 0.02-0.05: Less sensitive to red lights, decreased judgment of distance and speed
  • 0.05: Twice as likely to crash as a sober driver
  • 0.08: Five times more likely to crash than a sober driver
  • 0.12: Ten times more likely to crash
  • Prescription medications can affect your driving to the equivalent of a 0.05 or 0.08 BAC
  • Most illicit drugs can be detected 24-48 hours after last use


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