Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council
Tabled Paper 381
Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Eric Poole
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Territory drivers are consistently three times more likely to drive with illegal blood alcohol levels than their counterparts in other States. 75'/. of Territory drink drivers register blood alcohol levels greater than 0.15'/., and the incidence of multiple drink driving offences is high: these factors are indicative of alcohol dependency. However, there is no early intervention legislation in place in the Northern Territory which would motivate these drivers to recognise and overcame their alcohol problems. Over the past three years, there were 1,457 alcohol related accidents on Territory roads: 101 of these were fatal accidents. 75/. of these accidents and 36*/. of the deaths involved drivers under the age of 25: underage drinkers were involved in 7*/. of alcohol related acci dents. The incidence of underage drinking in the Territory is alarming. Although legislation is in place which generally prohibits under 18s to enter licensed premises, surveillance is inadequate, and no licensees have been successfully prosecuted. Moreover, there are no alcohol free, alternative venues for the more sophisticated 15-17 age group. 4