P-Plater carnage!

By 8 January, 2011 15

These in from ACT Policing:

1. P-Plater rams police!

ACT policing has arrested and charged a 23-year-old Chisholm man after he rammed his vehicle into the side of a police car earlier this morning (Saturday, January 8).

About 1.20am this morning police responded to an incident after being flagged down by a motorist on Hindmarsh Drive. The motorist told police his car had been involved in a incident with a green station wagon. A short time later police saw a green Ford Falcon station wagon travelling along Hindmarsh Drive.

Police located the station wagon in Mawson and stopped behind it with red and blue lights flashing. As both police officers approached the vehicle, the driver reversed quickly towards one of them, narrowly missing the officer. The driver continued reversing his vehicle until it impacted with the side of the police vehicle. The driver then accelerated away from the scene.

The Ford station wagon was located on the Tuggeranong Parkway where the vehicle was stopped by police. The male driver underwent a roadside screening test which provided a positive result. He was taken to the Woden Police Station where he returned a reading of 0.117 grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. As a special driver he was subject to a .000 limit and his licence was suspended on the spot.

The male was charged with drink driving as well as a number of other offences. He was given police bail and will be required to attend the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.

2. P-Plater rams tree!

A 19-year-old P-plate driver from Ainslie has escaped serious injury after the vehicle he was driving collided with a tree in Bruce on Friday morning (December 7).

About 3.40am on Friday morning police responded to several reports of a motor vehicle collision in Thynne St Bruce. Police attended the area and located a Holden Commodore utility which had sustained major damage, however no one was located in the vehicle.

Following police inquiries, police attended an address in Bruce where they found the 19-year-old male driver. Police performed a screening test which returned a positive result.

The man was taken to Belconnen Police Station where he returned a reading of 0.165 grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. As he holds a provisional ACT licence, he is classed as a special driver and is therefore subject to a 0.00 blood alcohol limit.

The man’s licence was immediately suspended for a period of 90 days and he was required to surrender his licence to police.

He will be summonsed to appear at the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.

This was not a Summernats related incident.

3. P-Platers burn up the GDE!

Two P-plate drivers were each fined $1811 and lost six demerit points after they were caught speeding last night (Friday January 7).

About 11pm on Friday evening, police stopped two vehicles travelling along Gungahlin Drive after the vehicles were detected travelling at a speed of 150km/h in an 80km/h zone.

The two drivers, a 17-year-old male from Higgins and an 18-year-old male from Amaroo, are ACT provisional licence holders.

Traffic Operation Superintendent Mark Colbran said the fact both drivers were travelling at such a high speed and have limited driving experience, the potential for a dreadful outcome was very real.

“The combination of these drivers’ excessive speeds and driver inexperience means they are much more likely to be involved in a serious or fatal collision,” he said.

Police would like to remind motorists that police will be out if force this weekend so if you choose to do the wrong thing on ACT roads expect to get caught.

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15 Responses to P-Plater carnage!
#1
LSWCHP8:14 pm, 08 Jan 11

I bought myself a breathalyser for Christmas, and tried it out for the first time a few days ago while at home. I had a couple of beers in the afternoon, and about a third of a bottle of wine with a large meal all over a period of about three hours. I followed the instructions about waiting a while after the last drink, and at the time I blew in the machine I felt that I was probably around or slightly over the limit and would not have been safe to drive. To my surprise, the gadget said I was at 0.03. I repeated this several times, and got a consistent 0.03 reading.

Anyway, after all that waffle my point is that at 0.03 BAC I didn’t feel safe to drive. So these moronic spotty-faced dimwitted sad sack pisspot fucking teenage arseclowns on P-plates who are motoring around at 0.165 BAC ramming trees, cops and christ knows what else should be thrown in the bloody slammer before they kill someone. They should have their vehicles confiscated and sold, and I’d be only too happy to line up at the public stocks to throw dogshit, no…wait…I’d like to throw *my* shit, right into their faces.

Christallmighty, how much grog do you have to consume to get to 0.165? It scares me that someone in this state might be in an oncoming vehicle.

#2
xperfect_darkx12:07 am, 09 Jan 11

I love how the first ‘p plater’ is 23, well above the normal p-plater age (gaining a full license at 20 after 3 years of being on a provisional license.)

#3
aronde7:48 am, 09 Jan 11

So in the first article a driver reverses his car towards police ‘narrowly missing the officer’, smashes a patrol car and is later caught and given police bail. After nearly killing a police officer surely he should be held in custody for a while!!??

#4
Special G9:13 am, 09 Jan 11

Pretty surprised they let the guy have watch house bail after ramming a car. A few more of these types of incidents ACT Policing will be discovering the plusses of busses.

#5
Danman10:05 am, 09 Jan 11

I’d take the results of these at home breathalyzers as pure novelty factor. There is no way I would (a) Trust one, (b) then drive and (c) use the fact that I tested myself prior to departure as a defence when reading over at a roadside test.

#6
dvaey11:50 am, 09 Jan 11

LSWCHP said :

I bought myself a breathalyser for Christmas, and tried it out for the first time a few days ago while at home. I had a couple of beers in the afternoon, and about a third of a bottle of wine with a large meal all over a period of about three hours. I followed the instructions about waiting a while after the last drink, and at the time I blew in the machine I felt that I was probably around or slightly over the limit and would not have been safe to drive. To my surprise, the gadget said I was at 0.03. I repeated this several times, and got a consistent 0.03 reading.

Anyway, after all that waffle my point is that at 0.03 BAC I didn’t feel safe to drive. So these moronic spotty-faced dimwitted sad sack pisspot fucking teenage arseclowns on P-plates who are motoring around at 0.165 BAC

Youve just pointed out one of the fallicies of the drink-driving argument. You can have 3 beers and half a bottle of wine and feel unable to drive, where as a non-drinker I can have one beer and wouldnt risk driving. Others I know who drink regularly, after several drinks might be okay. Everyones body handles alcohol differently, as youve just proven you can follow the directions of 1 drink per hour, and according to the ad youre on the limit, according to the breathalyzer youre under and according to your own body youre over. Throw in a cough/cold or some cold/warm weather or a busy/quiet day, and you can see that different BACs can affect different people in different ways.

In the same way as a non-parent I think its incredibly dangerous and distracting having children in the back seat, but for a parent who does it everyday, driving with 3 kids fighting in the back-seat is just part of everyday life. Should we ban driving with more than one child in a car, because some (most) people couldnt handle driving safely in that situation?

They should have their vehicles confiscated and sold

Should this forced sale apply to stolen vehicles too? Otherwise I dont think youll find theyll be selling too many.
, and I’d be only too happy to line up at the public stocks to throw dogshit, no…wait…I’d like to throw *my* shit, right into their faces.

Christallmighty, how much grog do you have to consume to get to 0.165? It scares me that someone in this state might be in an oncoming vehicle.

#7
LSWCHP12:36 pm, 09 Jan 11

Danman said :

I’d take the results of these at home breathalyzers as pure novelty factor. There is no way I would (a) Trust one, (b) then drive and (c) use the fact that I tested myself prior to departure as a defence when reading over at a roadside test.

Yeah sure. The thing states it’s accurate to within +/- 0.01, so a 0.04 reading might actually be 0.05 etc. Still, I thought it’d be a worthwhile thing to have around. If I’ve had a few and feel OK and the gadget says I’m over then what’s the harm? And if I don’t feel I’m OK and the gadget says I’m good I won’t drive anyway.

I certainly wouldn’t claim it as a defence if I got into strife.

#8
LSWCHP12:38 pm, 09 Jan 11

Yes, how does a bloke attempt to murder a police officer with a vehicle, and then get bail? If the cop hadn’t been nimble enough he or she might be dead or crippled right now as a result of the actions of this scumbag.

#9
Pommy bastard1:55 pm, 09 Jan 11

I will not drive if I have had more than one standard beer, or one glass of wine, or one short, within the hour, or two or more of the above over an evening.

#10
Waiting For Godot2:14 pm, 09 Jan 11

LSWCHP said :

Yes, how does a bloke attempt to murder a police officer with a vehicle, and then get bail? If the cop hadn’t been nimble enough he or she might be dead or crippled right now as a result of the actions of this scumbag.

Perhaps he should be charged with attempted murder.

#11
LSWCHP4:34 pm, 09 Jan 11

Waiting For Godot said :

LSWCHP said :

Yes, how does a bloke attempt to murder a police officer with a vehicle, and then get bail? If the cop hadn’t been nimble enough he or she might be dead or crippled right now as a result of the actions of this scumbag.

Perhaps he should be charged with attempted murder.

Sounds like a reasonable course of action to me. I wonder how it’ll pan out.

#12
Tooks9:11 am, 10 Jan 11

Waiting For Godot said :

LSWCHP said :

Yes, how does a bloke attempt to murder a police officer with a vehicle, and then get bail? If the cop hadn’t been nimble enough he or she might be dead or crippled right now as a result of the actions of this scumbag.

Perhaps he should be charged with attempted murder.

I’ll give you the hot tip – that’s not going to happen.

#13
EvanJames2:11 pm, 10 Jan 11

LSWCHP said :

That was a magnificent rant and I hope there’s a prize.

#14
LSWCHP9:22 pm, 10 Jan 11

EvanJames said :

LSWCHP said :

That was a magnificent rant and I hope there’s a prize.

Thanks. I’ve had family members killed by a drunk driver, so reading about them gets me agitated. I’ve calmed down a little bit now, though. :-)

#15
Helen8:39 am, 11 Jan 11

xperfect_darkx said :

I love how the first ‘p plater’ is 23, well above the normal p-plater age (gaining a full license at 20 after 3 years of being on a provisional license.)

My partner was a p-plater at 27. Not everybody is inclined, or able, to learn to drive at the “normal” age and therefore you have p-platers of different ages.

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