About the Pedestrian 08 Campaign

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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2 Responses to About the Pedestrian 08 Campaign

  1. I’m sorry, but you might as well be in favor of prohibition.

    There’s a line when you can reasonably enforce certain regulations on alcohol and still put responsibility and choice into the hands of people who consume it. Laws like this would cross it.

    And if you have to resort to emotional manipulation by claiming policing people’s alcohol usage is vital to protecting yourself or “someone you love”, then you don’t have a legitimate case for any state passing laws like this, period.

    Alcohol is a terrible and destructive substance, but it will never vanish from this earth. People will find a way to use it and abuse it until the end of humanity. People will always die from alcohol poisoning, people will jump off bridges, commit suicide, beat their children, and there are people who will get drunk at an office party and wake up hungover the next morning and that will be the end of it.

    People from all walks of life are different, and alcohol affects people’s lives in different ways. Instead of dictating everyone else’s freedom based on someone else’s abuse of it, try targeting those who abuse it, either by supporting groups like AA or local church organizations. Instead of pouring money into smear campaigns in local television, donate to organizations like Children of Alcoholics. Put your money, time, and effort towards a constructive cause. Nobody’s going to listen to you otherwise.

    • pedestrian08 says:

      Thanks for your comment mandate,
      Let me respond this way:
      I’m sorry, but you might as well be in favor of prohibition.
      >> No one is suggesting a return to prohibition.

      There’s a line when you can reasonably enforce certain regulations on alcohol and still put responsibility and choice into the hands of people who consume it. Laws like this would cross it.
      >> Not sure what your construct of “a line” means. Perhaps it is a point of your acceptance? In any case, The Pedestrian 08 proposal is based on the success we have had here with our Motorists Point 05 law, which combined an easily understood BAC point 05 upper limit, an extensive and ongoing education campaign, reinforced via a judicious use of Random Breath Testing.
      >> Your reference to “responsibility and choice” ignores the devastating role Big Liquor advertising and sporting sponsorships have played in bringing up the total consumption of toxic, carcinogenic and addictive alcohol. To get a handle on how “responsibility and choice” is altered by Big Liquor’s very clever and comprehensive, cradle to grave marketing campaign, review this research from the British Medical Association: http://pedestrian08.org/2009/10/03/an-evil-face-fevola-and-the-british-medical-association/

      And if you have to resort to emotional manipulation by claiming policing people’s alcohol usage is vital to protecting yourself or “someone you love”, then you don’t have a legitimate case for any state passing laws like this, period.
      >> Puzzling line this. So, if you are worried about someone you love being or been killed or forever injured or traumatised by an act of alcohol fueled violence, be it via a fist, kick or car, then you don’t “have a legitimate case for any state passing laws like this, period”? This is kind of a weird construct IMHO.

      Alcohol is a terrible and destructive substance, but it will never vanish from this earth.
      >> Mandate, the idea is to minimise the total annual intake and specifically to minimise binge drinking – especially binge drinking that occurs in contact with the public.
      In my state the forecast total annual intake of carcinogenic ethanol/alcohol is set to rise by another 0.5 litre per person per year.
      This will have terrible consequences for so many – including the unborn – as 1 in a 100 who will suffer FASD.
      Minimising marketing and using a drink walking limit as a vehicle for education and limitation of intake is just commonsense.

      People will find a way to use it and abuse it until the end of humanity.
      >> Yes, but, our society is on the way to eliminating tobacco use. So, no need to get negative on this terrible drug of addiction. Alcohol can be beaten. All the needed policies are known.

      People will always die from alcohol poisoning, people will jump off bridges, commit suicide, beat their children, and there are people who will get drunk at an office party and wake up hungover the next morning and that will be the end of it.
      >> The role of sensible policy and legislation work is to minimise the above. And all of the above can be minimised.

      People from all walks of life are different, and alcohol affects people’s lives in different ways. Instead of dictating everyone else’s freedom based on someone else’s abuse of it, try targeting those who abuse it,
      >> If your “choice” or the choice of someone you know is to endanger the lives of others via binge drinking, beyond a safe, pedestrian BAC Limit, then your behaviour, or that of the culprit, needs to be identified and targeted.

      either by supporting groups like AA or local church organizations.
      >> AA needs to be funded beyond it’s limits by the those making money out of the misery of others. Eg, Big Liquor, their acolytes and the governments who support them.

      Instead of pouring money into smear campaigns in local television, donate to organizations like Children of Alcoholics. Put your money, time, and effort towards a constructive cause. Nobody’s going to listen to you otherwise.
      >> From little things, big things grow Mandate! The motorist 05 campaign took 20 years or so to garner support.

      >> Thanks again for your contribution.

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