As we move towards the end of the year – the pre-holiday office parties begin. Gardenstate Towing would like to draw attention to the sobering fact that drink driving is still a big killer on our roads.
Our towing service is on-call for all towing emergencies. If you’ve been pulled over and lost your licence – we can tow your car. Our tow truck drivers are available 24/7. But next time you have a drink – think before you drive.
Here are the facts from the TAC (Transport Accident Commission):
1 in 5 driver fatalities in the last 5 years had a BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) >0.05g/100ml
Unsurprisingly the peak times for drink driving are night time (6 pm – 6 am) throughout the week
Weekends see an extended risk with Drink Driving hours – starting at 4 pm on Fridays and 2 pm on Saturdays. Sunday mornings are also a high-risk time.
Victoria Police: Booze Bus
Fortunately, for the vast majority of drivers who do not drink drive – the Victoria Police are proactive in breath testing drivers. Apparently, more than 75000 drivers have been caught exceeding the legal limit since 1997.
Signs of alcohol impairment and the Penalties
Usually, impairment begins with a BAC of 0.02. Drivers who have had even a small amount of alcohol are more likely to
React more slowly
Be sensitive to red lights
Have impaired peripheral vision
Every person reacts differently to alcohol, it depends on your body weight, fitness level, and of course the amount consumed. Be aware that standard drink recommendations to keep your BAC low may not accurately apply to you.
The penalties applied are harsh, according to Vic Roads. If you’re caught drink driving with a BAC >0.05 you will:
lose your licence
need to complete a Behaviour Change Programme
have an interlock installed on re-licensing
These same rules will apply to Victorian license holders even if you’re caught interstate.
In this day and age, there is no excuse for drink driving – public transport is good and reliable and there are plenty of rideshare apps at our finger-tips.
Our tow truck drivers are often called to accident scenes – we are here to help with all roadside emergencies but we would like the roads to be as safe as possible for all drivers
Ahmed took great care and attention to detail in loading and unloading my BMW M4. It's not every day you find a towing company that knows how to handle prestige vehicles.
13:38 05 Nov 23
100% Professional and reliable. Ahmed was absolutely a pleasure to deal with. Very helpful in finding the perfect solution to a tricky situation. Highly recommend.
10:38 13 Oct 23
Very helpful quick and affordable
03:12 02 Oct 23
We needed to tow our Porsche 997.2 Carrera from the depths of our apartment carpark to Porsche Centre Melbourne. GT used a low rise unit operated by Tom to enter the carpark and collect our cherished vehicle. Tom's executed the tow with great skill and performed a flawless job. I would not hesitate to use GT and Tom for this task again - hopefully will never need to!
06:37 26 Sep 23
Great, friendly and reliable. Would highly recommend.
00:23 04 Sep 23
Our car was stuck in one of the steepest and angled driveways that barely had room for one car. Tom was amazing and really took the time to technically work it out and incredibly got the car out unscathed! Very impressed and grateful for the help we were given today, would highly recommend Tom, he’s a legend!
05:34 31 Jul 23
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13:53 03 Jun 23
Professional and hassle free.
00:50 30 May 23
08:57 05 May 23
I had my car battery replaced by Michael who was super friendly and quick! Highly recommend 😀
08:29 28 Mar 23
These guys are awesome! Used them twice now and was lucky enough to have Tom tow it both times, he took care of my pride and joy, kept me in the loop regarding pick up and drop off and went over and above to make sure my car was looked after. Highly recommend to anyone.
Daniel “Dan” Stivala
01:40 25 Mar 23
Unfortunately I found myself in a situation with one deflated run-flat tyre but Tom at Gardenstate Towing came to my rescue. Tom was absolutely pleasant and courteous! Let me ride up front and dropped me off home along the way to South Yarra BMW. Highly recommend Tom and Gardenstate Towing services!
23:41 22 Mar 23
My stupid car broke down on Hoddle St Melbourne, at least close to a pub! Tom was prompt and efficient and had me on my way (back to the pub) in no time. Thanks mate
12:07 21 Mar 23
Fred was great! He towed my son’s car late at night and was incredibly positive and non-judgemental. His customer service skills was second to none, and someone who modelled a genuine enthusiasm for his work. What a great role model!
08:46 21 Mar 23
Day ruined due to a flat tire on my motorbike.Tom turned it around with his prompt and friendly service. Dropped me and the bike home safely and with a smile.Cheers Tom.