[First filed: Dec 3, 2010 @ 9:27]
During November ACT Policing detected 185 drivers with an excessive blood-alcohol reading, the highest number of positive readings for any month this calendar year (2010).
The highest result of the month was returned by a 48-year-old man in Chisholm on November 13. His reading was 0.269.
Young people are still making up a large percentage of all drivers exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol. Of the 1296 drivers detected so far this year for drink-driving, 42 per cent are aged 25 or under.
ACT Policing’s Traffic Operations Superintendent Mark Colbran said he is astonished motorists continue to drink and drive despite the targeted police operations and regular media warnings.
“Police warned motorists that from November 1 we would be aggressively targeting drink-drivers but unfortunately that message has been ignored. This operation will continue right through the Christmas holiday period,” Superintendent Colbran said.
ACT Policing is urging Canberrans who are attending parties, gatherings or celebrations this Christmas period to plan ahead and arrange alternate transport home.
“We would like to remind people that we can all take an active role in keeping the roads safe, especially with more of us attending parties this time of year. If you have a friend who you suspect is over the limit and is planning to drive, organise alternative transport for them to get home and encourage them to pick their car up the next day,” Superintendent Colbran said.
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the dumping of a large quantity of cannabis plants in a dirt carpark on Mulligans Flat Road in Bonner.
Around 8.50pm last night (Thursday, December 2), police attended the carpark after receiving a report of what was suspected to be cannabis plants at the location. Police estimated 30 full-sized plants and several smaller plants, with an approximate total weight of 158kg, which appeared to be dumped on the ground in the dirt carpark.
This is the second significant cannabis-related seizure this week in the ACT.
Police would urge anyone who may have seen a commercial type vehicle (utility or van), suspicious persons or activity in the area to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information may be provided anonymously.
ACT Policing has released a forensic facefit image of the alleged offender from a sexual assault which occurred in Civic in the early hours of Sunday morning on November 21.
Around 1am, a 20-year-old female was approached by the alleged offender at the ICBM night club on Northbourne Avenue. Later the man has taken the victim by the hand and led her away from the club, heading towards East Row along Alinga Street.
ACT Policing is appealing for the public’s help in identifying the man who is alleged to have sexually assaulted the woman in a public toilet near East Row.
The offender is described as of Mediterranean appearance with olive skin and dark brown eyes and hair, aged in his 20’s, approximately 190cm tall (6’3”), with a thin to medium build and clean shaven. He was wearing a dark T-shirt with blue jeans.
Anyone who may be able to assist police with the investigation are asked to contact Crime Stoppers.
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault and aggravated property damage on Athllon Drive, Wanniassa last Tuesday (30 November).
About 8.55pm a woman was driving her car along Athllon Drive, Phillip and made a lane change before the roundabout at Sulwood Drive. A short time later, a car began following close behind her flashing its lights.
The car rammed the back of her car three times, before overtaking her and slamming on its brakes, causing her to collide with the back of the car. The car is described as a silver Commodore with ACT registration.
The driver of the car got out and approached the woman while verbally abusing her. He hit the driver door window twice, smashing the window and punched the quarter window.
The male passenger of the victim’s car got out and was pursued by the female passenger of the offending vehicle. She attempted to assault him but was unable to make any contact.
A driver from a third vehicle stopped to assist the victim and her passenger when the offending woman attempted to assault him. It is unknown whether any contact was made. The offenders left the scene, heading in a southerly direction from Mawson.
Police are urging the driver of the third car to contact Crime Stoppers.
Anyone else who was in the Wanniassa area of Athllon Drive around the time of the incident who may be able to assist police with the investigation are asked to contact Crime Stoppers.
5. Fresh Meat:
Twenty new ACT Policing officers were officially sworn in as Constables of Police at the Australian Federal Police (AFP) College in Barton today (Friday, December 3).
AFP Commissioner Tony Negus joined the Chief Police Officer for the ACT, Roman Quaedvlieg, in welcoming the new officers into ACT Policing.
“Over the past 24 weeks, these newly graduated constables faced many challenges – mental, emotional and physical – during the course and it is a testament to their commitment and determination to become police officers that they have successfully completed the rigorous recruit training course,” CPO Quaedvlieg said.
Constable Nicole Linden was awarded the Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Recruit Training for her demonstrated excellence in all elements of the program, including teamwork, leadership, communication, academic achievement, health and safety, and commitment to the values of the AFP.
The ACT’s newest officers comprise of 10 men and 10 women, with a range in age from 22 to 48.
The new officers will be deployed to stations within ACT Policing after completing a two-week rotation with Traffic Operations.