A little too much to get back on the road? In Wallonia, festive venues can now install a breathalyzer terminal free of charge

A little too much to get back on the road? In Wallonia, festive venues can now install a breathalyzer terminal free of charge
A little too much to get back on the road? In Wallonia, festive venues can now install a breathalyzer terminal free of charge

One or two (or three) drinks too many to get back behind the wheel? It’s not always easy to know whether or not you exceed the authorized blood alcohol limits after an evening of partying. At the risk, if we go home by car, of causing an accident. In Wallonia, festive establishments open to the public (bars, nightclubs, etc.) can now borrow, free of charge, a breathalyzer terminal for a period of 5 days to 2 months. The loan is made via an online platform.

The Walloon Road Safety Agency (AWSR) announced on Wednesday that it had acquired thirty terminals intended to be made available to party venues but also to local authorities, businesses or associations wishing to raise citizens’ awareness of the risks linked to road safety. Drunk Driving. The only requirement: festive events or gatherings must be organized indoors, as the devices are not suitable for outdoor use. Around ten breathalyzer terminals have already been installed in the refreshments of Walloon sports clubs.

One in two tests turned out to be positive

The Walloon Minister of Road Safety, Valérie de Bue (MR), and the AWSR took this decision after the conclusive evaluation of two pilot projects carried out over the last two years. In 2022 and 2023, interactive breathalyzer terminals will be placed in bars, nightclubs and sports club refreshments. Objective: to dissuade drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel again.

Over a period of approximately twelve months, more than 25,000 people were able to measure their blood alcohol levels via the terminals. On average, one test out of two turned out to be positive… To convince users to make the right choice between drinking and driving, the terminal specifies the user’s blood alcohol level in relation to the legal limit, but also the time spent elimination of alcohol, the sanctions and risks incurred in the event of obstinacy and, finally, the existing local alternatives for returning safely.

Weekend without alcohol driving: almost 2% of drivers in violation

A significant proportion of road accidents

Visibly convincing arguments: on average 7 out of 10 positive users declared having stopped or reduced their alcohol consumption and/or having changed the organization of their return journey after having drunk. A tool that is all the more useful since more than one Walloon driver in ten admits that they do not necessarily limit their consumption when they go out to a bar. Especially when we know that drinking even two or three glasses triples the risk of exposure to an accident on the road home.

Drink or drive? Eight out of ten Walloons cannot decide

According to AWSR figures, accidents involving a driver or pedestrian under the influence of alcohol (around 1,500 per year) represent a significant share of Walloon accidents since they account for 15% of all accidents. bodily accidents. A proportion that changes little over the years. These accidents officially result in less than twenty deaths, around a hundred serious injuries and nearly 2,000 minor injuries. But these figures are underestimated due to the large number of untested users in accidents, judges the Agency. “Also, it is likely that the actual toll is closer to 60 killed per year in accidents caused by alcohol.”

Nearly 360,000 drivers checked during the last Bob campaign

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