Operation RAID catches 66 drunk drivers

By 14 December, 2011 13

More than 5000 breath tests were conducted over the past 14 days in the ACT as part of Operation RAID: Remove All Impaired Drivers.

The operation, which ran from Monday November 28, came to a close at midnight Sunday night (December 11).

On Thursday December 1, in a joint operation with NSW Police, ACT Policing conducted a border “lockdown” on the Barton Highway near Hall, stopping all vehicles coming into and out of the ACT. More than 1800 motorists were breath-tested in the four-hour lockdown.

Over the course of the operation, 66 drivers returned positive alcohol readings.

The highest reading for the fortnight was recorded by a 25-year-old Dunlop man with 0.272 on Sunday night (December 11) about 9.45pm.

On Saturday, December 3, a 37-year-old Theodore man recorded 0.211 after being involved in a collision. The collision occurred at the intersection of Tharwa Drive and Norman Lindsay Street in Conder about 5.10pm.

About 12.05am on Saturday, December 3, police were driving along Ginninderra Drive near Lyneham when they observed a silver Ford Falcon travelling at speed. The driver, a 41-year-old Bruce man, was pulled over and returned a positive reading for alcohol. He was taken to the City Police Station where he recorded 0.203 alcohol content. The man has five previous convictions for drink driving and he was issued with an Immediate Suspension Notice. He will face the ACT Magistrates Court next year charged with drink driving and excessive speed.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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13 Responses to Operation RAID catches 66 drunk drivers
#1
EvanJames9:45 am, 14 Dec 11

I love the way they’ve worded that. The great big ‘lockdown’, from memory, revealed that 1 person had too much alcohol in them. One. wouldn’t you have loved to be in the mass of cars waiting at the border?

but the way they’ve worded it, it almsot looks like they got 66 drooling drunken drivers in their “lockdown”.

#2
dpm9:49 am, 14 Dec 11

“The driver, a 41-year-old Bruce man, was pulled over and returned a positive reading for alcohol. He was taken to the City Police Station where he recorded 0.203 alcohol content. The man has five previous convictions for drink driving and he was issued with an Immediate Suspension Notice. He will face the ACT Magistrates Court next year charged with drink driving and excessive speed.”

Surely with 5 previous DUI convictions, he shouldn’t have had a licence (to be suspended) when he was caught this time? Normally recidivists like this seemt to be caught driving an unregistered car, without a licence as they have lsot it from previous cases.
I wonder what the penalities from the last 5 convictions were in this case?

#3
Rawhide Kid Part39:57 am, 14 Dec 11

dpm said :


I wonder what the penalities from the last 5 convictions were in this case?

1. Slap on the wrist
2. Slap on the wrist
3. Slap on the wrist
4. Slap on the wrist
5. Slap on the wrist
And now
6. Slap on the other wrist.

#4
p110:06 am, 14 Dec 11

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

6. Slap on the other wrist.

I think you will find that would be a breach of human rights.

How about repeat DUIs get held in custody until the hearing?

#5
Okwhatever11:15 am, 14 Dec 11

Well now, there goes hugely efficient use of your tax payer money doesn’t it?
[/sarcasm}

Misleading title I think, 66 drunk drivers my butt.

#6
EvanJames11:23 am, 14 Dec 11

Okwhatever said :

Well now, there goes hugely efficient use of your tax payer money doesn’t it?
[/sarcasm}

Misleading title I think, 66 drunk drivers my butt.

hmmm, good point. “positive alcohol readings”… were they all over .05?

#7
Ruqi11:27 am, 14 Dec 11

Okwhatever said :

Misleading title I think, 66 drunk drivers my butt.

Just quoting from their own release, I agree that it’s misleading.

#8
Henry8211:36 am, 14 Dec 11

EvanJames said :

I love the way they’ve worded that. The great big ‘lockdown’, from memory, revealed that 1 person had too much alcohol in them.

yep, noticed that too. what a waste of time.

#9
Felix the Cat12:46 pm, 14 Dec 11

Henry82 said :

EvanJames said :

I love the way they’ve worded that. The great big ‘lockdown’, from memory, revealed that 1 person had too much alcohol in them.

yep, noticed that too. what a waste of time.

If that one person ran you or one of your family or friends over I wonder if you would have the same opinion?

#10
Rawhide Kid Part312:52 pm, 14 Dec 11

Henry82 said :

EvanJames said :

I love the way they’ve worded that. The great big ‘lockdown’, from memory, revealed that 1 person had too much alcohol in them.

yep, noticed that too. what a waste of time.

Comon Guys….. This is your Taxes being put to good use….

#11
EvanJames1:12 pm, 14 Dec 11

That media release is bloody and blatantly misleading, on a number of levels. When they go on to give examples of the evil drunks they got, two of the three examples were caught while a) crashing and b) speeding.

So how many drunks did the actual RBTs snare? We know the giant border “lockdown” got one, but what were the delays experienced by drivers trying to use the road, it would be interesting to know… if it was done during rush hour, I’d imagine they’d be quite marked.

#12
HenryBG1:38 pm, 14 Dec 11

Felix the Cat said :

Henry82 said :

EvanJames said :

I love the way they’ve worded that. The great big ‘lockdown’, from memory, revealed that 1 person had too much alcohol in them.

yep, noticed that too. what a waste of time.

If that one person ran you or one of your family or friends over I wonder if you would have the same opinion?

Yeah, except he didn’t.

All for prosecuting people for things they might, maybe someday, do? George Orwell wrote a book about that….

#13
Henry822:36 pm, 14 Dec 11

Felix the Cat said :

If that one person ran you or one of your family or friends over I wonder if you would have the same opinion?

People were able to turn around and escape breath tests, the Operation was a failure.

Yes, 1 drunk driver off the road was good, but i’d rather they organised it properly and caught the rest who escaped, without significantly affecting innocent motorists.

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