ACT Policing apprehended sixteen (16) drink drivers for the week of Monday January 10 to Sunday January 16.
Although this is a decrease from previous weeks (police were averaging over 36 positive tests per week for Nov/Dec 2010), ACT Policing is still concerned that repeat offenders make up about 30 per cent of all people apprehended for this offence.
Six out of the 16 have previous convictions for drink driving.
Of the 16 people apprehended, 7 were on 0.00 licences. The highest recording for a 0.00 licence was 0.189.
During this period, the highest recording for a 0.05 licence was 0.207 by a 28-year-old man with four previous convictions and one matter currently before the court. A 52-year-old man with five previous convictions was apprehended with a BAC reading of 0.204.
While numbers are down for that week, Traffic Operations Superintendent Mark Colbran is still concerned about the high rate of recidivist offenders.
“Drink driving is still the main causal factor of fatal and serious collisions in the ACT. In 2010 approximately 30 per cent of all people apprehended for drink driving had at least one previous conviction for this offence. It is extremely concerning that this trend appears to be continuing and that so many people are prepared to continue this dangerous behaviour with complete disregard for their own safety and the safety of all road users,” Supt Colbran said.