Raising awareness of alcohol and road safety

22 April 2013:  As part of her final year Forensic and Environmental Chemistry research project, DIT student Kim Daly carried out an awareness survey and alcohol breath tests among students on her campus.  Overall, 98 students took part in the survey - 50 male and 48 female - and 54% had a full driving licence.  Breath tests were conducted to raise awareness of the possibility of being over the legal limit to drive, even the morning after drinking. 

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The students were also asked to complete a short survey to determine their opinions on and knowledge about road safety.   Thanking the respondents for taking part, Kim said that results from the survey showed that almost 40% of respondents were not aware that a pint of beer contains 2 units of alcohol (2 standard drinks), while less than one third knew the current drink driving limits.  Interestingly, two thirds believed that not enough was being done to educate students on drinking and road safety. 

Summary of main results from student road safety awareness survey

Respondents who correctly stated that the drink driving limit for a driver that has held their full licence for less than 2 years is 20mg/100ml - for new regulations click here 29%  
Respondents who correctly stated that the drink driving limit for a driver that has held their full licence for more than 2 years is 50mg/100ml - for new regulations click here 29%
Respondents who knew that a pint of beer contains 2 units of alcohol (2 standard drinks) – for other drinks click here 61%
Respondents who believed not enough was being done to educate students on drinking and road safety Click here for Road Safety information campaigns 65%


More about this project:

In addition to forming part of her final year research project this project is also a component of the multidisciplinary DIT College Awareness of Road Safety (CARS) project which is coordinated by Students Learning with Communities.  Kim’s project was supervised by Dr Claire Mc Donnell and Dr John Fox from the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and she received assistance from Garda Derek Cloughley of the Garda Road Safety Unit and by Helen Kearns from the Medical Bureau of Road Safety.


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