The organisation Responsible Young Drivers (RYD) visited 7 Brussels and Walloon nightclubs in the early hours of Sunday morning as part of European Night Without Accident. 620 people asked to be breathalysed before getting behind the wheel, whereby 69% were “safe to drive”.
This year, volunteers spoke to party-goers at Fuse (Brussels), Doktor Jack (Braine-l’Alleud), Moulin de Solière (Huy), Trébuchet (Namur), Stamp (Waterloo), Premium (Mons) and Domain du Blé (Wavre). “Generally, the RYD’s presence was seen in a positive light, by the club managers and the party-goers themselves” says Laura Gonzalez Schena, the director of Responsible Young Drivers for Brussels and Wallonia.
620 people asked to be breathalysed before getting behind the wheel, but only “69% were “safe to drive”. 400 people who were not driving spontaneously took the test to see how drunk they were. 73% of women were safe to drive, compared to 66% of men.
The Flemish RYD said 91% of the people they tested were “safe to drive”. “But they didn’t use the same method”, says Mrs Gonzalez Schena. “They only tested party-goers who had already committed to not driving by wearing a non-removable bracelet all night”.