New Years revellers have been warned no to walk home drunk. Picture: File.
New Years revellers have been warned no to walk home drunk. Picture: File.

Deadly consequences for pedestrians’ drunk dash

With more than 30 pedestrian deaths in Queensland during 2020 revellers have been warned not to walk home drunk this New Year’s.

Thirty-two pedestrians lost their lives during a horror year on the state’s roads and 153 people were hospitalised with serious injuries.

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RACQ spokeswoman Clare Hunter said Department of Transport and Main Roads data revealed alcohol was a factor in about 30 per cent of pedestrian deaths.

“Almost one third of pedestrians killed on our roads have a blood alcohol reading of 0.05, which is a sobering thought,” she said.

“Many people consider walking home drunk to be a safer alternative, but it can still be extremely dangerous.

“We see similar risks in boozed pedestrians to drunk drivers. The more alcohol they’ve had, the higher the chance they’ll be struck by a car and seriously hurt or killed.

“Alcohol impairs decision-making skills, balance, co-ordination and reaction times which are all necessary to cross the road safely.”

Ms Hunter urged partygoers to make a plan now to get themselves and their friends’ home safely on New Year’s Eve.

“This year we all might be a little out of practice partying safely, so a reminder – if you’re going to have a few drinks put the effort in now to plan a way home and check in on your mates to make sure they do the same,” she said.

“Book a taxi or rideshare in advance with a pick-up location where you don’t have to cross a road, map out a public transport route nearby or organise to stay at a friend’s place.

“A little bit of planning now could save your life or your mates and we want to see all Queenslanders make it to 2021.”