RACQ warns against drink walking and loud iPods

DRINK. Walk. You're a bloody idiot.

Or at least you're taking an unnecessary risk with your life, according to Queensland's peak motoring body.

The RACQ is warning of the risks of walking with a high blood alcohol content, or with loud music on your iPod.

RACQ executive manager of technical and safety policy Steve Spalding said pedestrians put themselves at risk when distracted by phones, loud music or general inebriation.

And despite a 19% drop in pedestrian deaths on Queensland's roads in the year to July, the 152 pedestrians who were killed on the state's roads to July were testament to the risks.

"If you're listening to loud music on your headphones or you're texting or checking messages on your phone, your risk of being hit by a car is much higher as you're less likely to be aware of oncoming traffic," he said.

"Even being struck by a car travelling at relatively low speed on inner city streets could cost you your life."

And if you've had a few beers and plan to walk home, the risks could be greater, with Mr Spalding warning about the danger of "drink-walking".

He said about four of every 10 pedestrians killed had a BAC above 0.05% and about 3 in 10 had a BAC higher than 0.15%.

"While many people are aware of the dangers of drink-driving, drink-walking can also result in tragedy," he said.



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