Drinking. Driving. They're better apart. - The Vet

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This commercial opens on a close up of a bulldog lying on bench in a vets examination room. His owner, a young woman, is holding him still.

We cut to the woman’s face. She is reacting to something with shock and confusion. Her eyes awkwardly dart around the room.

We then cut to see the full scene. It’s revealed that the woman is looking at the Vet, who is drinking a pint of beer while reading his clipboard. The woman continues to look at him, dumbfounded.

After drinking some of his beer, the Vet lowers his pint glass and puts it on the table next to the dog.

“Now don’t you worry Susan…” he says, as he picks up a syringe.

We cut to the dog who looks up at the Vet and lets out a concerned noise.

“He’s in very safe hands.”

He taps the syringe a couple of times to remove any air bubbles, and leans in to give the dog an injection.

The commercial cuts to black. A voiceover and message on screen reads:

“If drinking isn’t ok here, why is it ok before we drive?”

“Drinking. Driving. They’re better apart.”

The commercial ends with the Towards Zero, TAC & Victorian Government logos.


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Drinking. Driving. They're better apart. - The Vet

We don’t want to see any more people killed or hurt because of drink driving so we’re asking people to think about keeping drinking and driving apart and separate the two altogether. Why risk that you may be near the BAC level of 0.05 and that your driving may be impaired? Impairment actually starts at a BAC of 0.02.

Putting drink driving in perspective, 99.7% of drivers and riders tested aren’t over their legal BAC limit; however almost one in five (19%) drivers and riders killed in the past five years had a BAC greater than 0.05.

In the heat of a fun night out, it can be hard to keep track of how much you’ve had to drink and it’s always risky to guess what your BAC might be. The truth is, it is very difficult to weigh up all of the variables and say whether you’re under the limit. It’s not as simple as counting your drinks. You’ve got to look at all sorts of factors like how much you’ve had to eat or are you tired.

We don’t want to see any more people killed or hurt because of drink driving so we’re asking people to separate the two altogether.

Alcohol impairs decision-making even at very low levels , so the best plan is to plan how you’ll get home before you start drinking.

Drivers or riders caught drink-driving at a low level now face new alcohol interlock laws in Victoria. Anyone whose licence is cancelled for drink-driving (or riding) must fit an alcohol interlock into any vehicle they drive including their home car, work car and motorbike when they relicense after their disqualification period. The interlock is installed for a minimum of six months.

A Victorian study found a 81% reduction in drink-drive offending among repeat drink-drivers required to have an interlock fitted upon relicensing.

Thinking of drinking? Plan ahead

  • Leave your car at home and organise a designated driver amongst your friends, or
  • Book a taxi to get you home, or
  • Find out about any public transport options.

If we make a mistake on the roads

The Road Safety Strategy is about creating a safe system for all Victorians – this means safe roads and roadsides, safe speeds, safe vehicles and safe road use by all people using the road.

Visit our drink driving statistics page to find out more.