About the Pedestrian 08 Campaign

01/10/2009

The Pedestrian 08 Campaign exists to promote the rapid adoption of scientifically based, maximum blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for those other road users – Pedestrians. In the media, this has been called The Drink Walking Campaign.
We need this limit imposed and enforced to:

  1. Prevent pedestrian accidents, injuries and deaths
  2. Eliminate alcohol related violence.
  3. Reduce binge drinking.

1. Pedestrian safety

Research into Pedestrian safety demonstrates a clear need to adopt a Pedestrian 08 Limit.
What is the maximum acceptable blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for a pedestrian?

‘Research indicates that the skills necessary to cross a road safely are impaired at BAC levels of .08 and above.’

For your own safety, if you are not driving, stay under a BAC of 08. Read the rest of this entry…

2. Alcohol fuelled violence, alcohol related violence

Glassing Attack

88,000 'Glassings' occur every year in the UK

Research proves that at a BAC of 08 and above you are more likely to become engaged in acts of alcohol related violence.

Alcohol is a psychoactive drug. It can act as a disinhibitor. You are more likely to throw a punch or kick someone to death at or above a BAC of 08 than below it.

For your own safety and the safety of others always stay under a BAC of 08. Read the rest of this entry…

 

3. Binge drinking

The research is clear. Do not drink until the age of 23. Your brain is still developing and can be hindered or impaired by alcohol consumption.
Alcohol consumption by children is killing them via brain and liver damage, falls, traffic and other pedestrian accidents.
Children as young as eight years old are regularly being treated in casualty departments.

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Parents, sporting clubs and organisations, alcohol advertisers, sporting programs, all night beer barns, Big Liquor, Big Liquor’s ‘alcopops’, ‘alcohol-normalising’ TV and Radio programs and broadcasters, politicians and governments are all to blame for the burgeoning binge drinking culture.

Binge drinking is dangerous to your health and the health and well being of others. Find out what binge drinking actually is via these pages and the links to other sites. Show some character, avoid it all costs – it leads to alcoholism, cancer and accidental and violent deaths. Read the rest of this entry…

A Cultural Problem

With a greatly expanding phenomenon of binge drinking at its core, we have a rapidly developing and destructive cultural problem to contend with.

The ‘silo mindset’ of many government departments make for narrowly based policy decisions with little coordination and a multitude of interests to deal with. A whole-of-government response is needed with a publicly declared primary motivation that human life – especially those of children – is the government’s top priority.

A massive whole-of-government policy option is to set a pedestrian BAC limit of 08. It will change behaviour, reducing violence, injury and death. It will work and if lessons of our motorist’s 05 campaign are taken on board, it will work immediately and with dramatic immediate effects.

Governments have a clear duty of care to do this and do it now.

Sporting organisations can assist by publicly and openly contracting their players and staff to play and work under 08.

As an individual you can help by never forgetting where responsible drinking ends – at 08 – and by resolving to always stay under 08.

A Culture Busting Solution

  1. Responsible drinking will be given a research derived and easily understood and easily communicated BAC. ‘Responsible drinking ends at .08′ is just so easy to express – isn’t it?
  2. A massive education campaign explaining the very real dangers of alcohol and the linkage between binge drinking and most alcohol related harms, will precede implementation of the campaign. Everyone will know what’s coming, what to do and how to react.
  3. Online and I-Phone Calculators are available now to help users understand pedestrian 08 limits of Responsible Drinking as well as lower BAC levels that may pertain to your activity.
  4. In Public Bar and other Liquor Venue BAC Testers will aid both overall restraint in consumption and give a reinforcement of expected BAC levels. No venue dispensing this drug ought to be licensed to do so without providing their patrons with a safe, reliable, accurate and well serviced BAC testing machines. It is simply not responsible for any government, anywhere, to allow such a situation to continue.
  5. Costing about 10% of the total program, random breath testing of selected areas will reinforce the Responsible Drinking message, increase the personal safety of public transport commuters, entertainment district patrons and limit the number of underage drinkers. The Pedestrian 08 Campaign seeks to return basic civil liberties so often denied to the victims of binge drinking.

With a Pedestrian 08 program in place you will regain safe access to whole neighbourhoods and entertainment districts.

You will regain access to dangerous and often deadly public transport.

You will regain ready access to hospital and emergency medical treatment and ambulance coverage.

Many, many lives will be saved in the short and long term.

It could be you or someone you love.

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A Day of Shame for Victoria, Australia

28/02/2013

Assaults in Victoria, Australia have increased by 15.4 per cent! Recall that 70% of all assaults are alcohol related. Hundreds more people have been bashed in the financial interests of Big Liquor! How many have been permanently maimed? Scarred for life? Traumatized? Recall that 100s of more police have been added to the Vic Police Payroll – but the root cause of this violence has not yet been tackled let alone beaten. Commercialized Binge Drinking reigns supreme over the common human decency demanded of our civic leaders by the very responsibility of their roles. Only weak, ineffective measures are given the go ahead down here. That is why the innocents will continue to suffer. This is a day of shame in Victoria. A Day of Shame!


4 Corners delivers indictment on AHA’s attitude

25/02/2013

Four Corner’s report on alcohol related violence, the profoundly tragic, far reaching consequences for the victims and their families, the police and emergency services, and the positively Machiavellian attitude of the hotel “industry” is a must see.

http://www.facebook.com/abc4corners


Four Corners program promo claims pollies have taken the crackers…

23/02/2013

Four Corners are promoting a report Punch Drunk by Janine Cohen and Karen Michelmore to be broadcast ABC1 Monday 25/02/2013 at 8.30 pm and repeated Tuesday 26th at 11.35 pm on ABC 1. Also on Saturdays at 8.00pm on News24.

From the promo:

“We are not facing a crisis, we’re in a crisis. It’s occurring right now.”

Read the statistics and it’s hard to argue with these dire warnings. The latest figures show that each year as many as 70,000 people are involved in alcohol-related assaults. In all, it is estimated that alcohol-related violence costs the community $187 million each year. Four Corners also reveals there’s a growing body of evidence that shows a link between binge drinking and brain damage. As one expert explained:

“You will face assault, you will assault, you will have falls. You will find yourself with a brain injury as a result of the long-term use of alcohol.”

While the overall incidence of alcohol-related violent crime varies in each state in Australia, one thing is clear: the violence associated with alcohol abuse is getting more extreme. Indeed one key judicial figure has taken the unusual step of opening his court to the cameras and telling Four Corners:

“One day someone is going to sit down and weigh up the benefit in terms of taxes to government from the sale of alcohol, against the detriment or the cost to governments of servicing the consequences of violence.”

The reporter’s pose: “Why is Government backing away from a fight with the Alcohol Industry?”

Expert answers: “They’ve donated quite large amounts of money to political parties – on both sides.”

That sounds plausible! This should be an interesting show.


A Current Affair deals with pre-loading binge drinking

21/02/2013

See report here: http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8614832

Reporter Alison Piotrowski found 90% of those they surveyed had pre loaded prior to hitting their preferred “entertainment” precinct. Of these, 60% had already consumed more than 6 standard drinks. Paul Dillon, famed alcohol researcher, reported that because the pre loaders were affected by their intoxication their often held intention of not spending so much once out – goes out the window! The binge more often continues – from the pre load to the streets and to the clubs. Paul correctly focuses on the supermarket corporations who sell alcohol to cheaper than bottled water. (Many of the same people working in Australia’s supermarkets have been brought over to Australia from the UK, having ruined that country’s young so completely and so profitably)

Paul points to parents across the country condoning and participating in the binge drinking activities of their children. “It’s just horrific – it makes no sense” is Paul’s lament.

Alison speaks of these young folk trying to find “confidence at the bottom of a bottle” with helpful, drunk young folks proffering their support. Alison makes no mention of “addiction”.

Popular media medico, Dr Kerryn Phelps stated that a pre loader having consumed 6 -10 drinks is twice as likely to get into trouble with the law, have accidents or be involved in assaults and sexual assaults. And Dr Phelps points to 4 out of every 10 pedestrians killed on our roads have a BAC over point 05. “So, just walking around drunk is a health risk”. Well said Dr Phelps. We could add a “crime risk” and “social risk” and others.

28% of Australian women between the ages of 14 – 24 binge drink – a figure doubling the tragic numbers of the year 2000.

Big Liquor’s social engineers have done their jobs well. It’s amazing what millions of dollars in marketing research and garnering political support for favourable media and licensing laws can do for you. “Democracy doesn’t come cheap” said one BL social engineer.

Dr Phelps points to their increase in risks of assaults and sexual assaults and accidents – but doesn’t mention the propensity for FASD nor the cancers nor the addiction.

ACA labels their slide “women” when the women mentioned include 14 YO children. “Females” would have been more accurate. That a media company considers a 14 YO to be a “woman” is indicative of that industries predilection for seeing them as fair game – a fair market for normalizing alcohol use.

Herald Sun columnist Suzie O’Brien points to the risks binge drinking females run – all to commonly run. Unfortunately, she believes that the cohort pictured by Alison would somehow change their behaviour  – if they were made aware of these risks that include sexual assault, murder and unprotected sex. Susie, it’s been found time and again that education programs don’t change behaviour – unless they are packaged with a hard legal edge…  Why repeat false hopes and disproved lies?

For whatever reason, perhaps there is a banned words register for journalists in Australia, but Allison’s piece never mentions the word “addiction”, or “cancer” or phrases such as “birth defects/abnormalities” or “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder”. The truly frightening – all too real realities that many of these kids depicted on this segment will have to suffer or otherwise face – these are never mentioned or shown. No gory photos of affected brains of FAS babies. No cancer or liver operations.

We cannot truly and comprehensively outline the realities of commercialised binge drinking in Australia’s media. It must be a freedom of speech issue!

 

 


Extremist Nutters Fail to Intimidate

27/09/2012

A representative of an outer fringe, extremist group rang my home number today in a vain attempt to intimidate.

She could offer no explanation as to how she obtained my home number, stating that it was on the web site. It was a pat, reflexively given answer.  She refused to make any effort to explain herself.

Readers will note that a Media Inquiry Number is made available on the very front page or landing page of this website.

This is a known, long held tactic, by those nasties working for Big Liquor.

Something I was warned about at the very start of the campaign, some years ago.

Mike Cockburn


Telegraph’s Tim Blair floats Pedestrian 08 Policy on line

25/09/2012

And unfortunately doesn’t go into any detail about the four key components of the policy:

  1. All venues to have available, near blood test quality, audio visually capable, BAC Testing Machines for self testing by alcohol users.
  2. A simple, easy to understand limit on where “Responsible Drinking” ends, put into law.
  3. 80% of the program budget spent on educating users about staying under Point 08, and the risks of binge drinking.
  4. 20% of the program budget spent on targeted, on street, pedestrian RBT.

No information given letting readers know that only campaigns with a hard legal edge work! (WHO)

No information about the failure of RSA nor the litany of tragic outcomes from this failure of government policy.

No information about how P-RBT could routinely detect and divert, underage alcohol users, goon baggers – nor how it would clean up Kings Cross, other Sydney and NSW trouble spots, including public transport.

It’s not serious is it? Just an absence of facts about a deadly serious subject.

Meanwhile, Healthland reports this finding:

Exposure to alcohol in utero leads to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in about 40,000 newborns every year in the U.S.

And:

For every one additional drink the mothers consumed between their 43rd and 84th days of pregnancy, their babies had a 16% greater chance of being born smaller than average, which may put them at greater risk for mental and physical problems. Their infants were also more likely to have birth defects, such as a 25% higher risk of a smooth ridge linking the nose and upper lip, a 12% increased risk of an abnormally small head and a 22% greater chance of unusually thin upper lips.

Which would undoubtedly be of great concern to some challenged individuals at this blog


SBS Insight – Misses another opportunity

22/08/2012

SBS Insight have missed another opportunity to lead a discussion about viable answers to our violent binge drinking epidemic.

The show, Punch Drunk found here, and via podcast here, was ably led by Anton Enus and produced a series of harrowing personal stories of violence, maiming and death. All too common in Big Liquor’s Australia.

Many found it shocking – and rightly so. However, viewers would quickly pick up that no guest had anything like a complete overview of the effects of the epidemic, across the range of welfare, medical and police situations – with the possible exception of Dr Crozier.

Nor did any guest have a viable swag of solutions that could directly address even the narrow focus of the show – the violence on our streets.

Pedestrian 08 – the use of a Blood Alcohol Content Maximum enshrined in Law – along with in house Breathalyser Machines; Random Pedestrian Blood Testing; and serious behaviour changing consequences for offenders – wasn’t mentioned. Nor were other policies such as a minimum price per unit of alcohol; returning the minimum age to 21 (in Australia); minimising the number and opening hours and all round availability of alcohol; and the complete ban on alcohol advertising and marketing – especially through sporting coverage.

Effective counter measures – directly impacting the scope of the problem were, on the whole, not mentioned nor discussed. Why?

The latter would not be due to the vast array of promotions for alcohol provided by SBS via advertising and publicity provided via its rampant coverage of liquor addled sports.

Every soccer jumper with a liquor ad, targets the young admirer. Priming them to readily accept alcohol at younger and younger ages. This is a long known observation. Along with the link between younger alcohol users and binge drinking and violence. Can SBS producers not see it?


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