As pedestrians we do not need the same fine motor skills as we do as motorists. However as pedestrians we are road users. We cross roads, get into and out of cars and taxis, negotiate complex manoeuvres we may take for granted sober such as climbing on and off trams and trains. We do need a minimum level of awareness and co ordination unimpeded by an excess of alcohol or the presence of other drugs.
We all accept the need for motorists to have a maximum permissible blood alcohol limit. In Australia we have a 05 limit for motorists. What is the equivalent, acceptable blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for a pedestrian? This next reference plainly states:
At 08 you are unsafe to cross a street, or navigate your way onto and off buses, trams, trains and taxis.
As one accident and emergency doctor stated: ‘I’ve never met a young, dead pedestrian who wasn’t drunk’.
This research on its own should compell our Governments to legislate for a pedestrian 08 limit.