Simon Corbell announced new legislation to strengthen roadside drug and alcohol testing laws today.
The Road Transport (Alcohol and Drugs) Amendment Bill 2013 seeks to reduce the incidence of drink and drug driving by strengthening the powers and ability of police to enforce drink and drug driving laws.
“Among the amendments made by the Bill is [...]
Thirty-four people were caught drink-driving on ACT roads last weekend (August 2-4), with six of those drivers being repeat offenders.
Twenty-one of the 34 drink-drivers caught were issued Immediate Suspension Notices. The highest reading recorded was 0.162 with a learner driver recording a reading of 0.138.
Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations Sergeant Mark Steel said the latest drink-driving [...]
ACT Policing apprehended five drink-drivers following targeted Random Breath Testing in the Emu Bank area of Belconnen early this morning (Thursday July 4).
Between 1am and 4am, Belconnen patrol members conducted 50 traffic stops that resulted in five drink-driving offences.
These included a 33-year-old man who holds a probationary licence for previous drink-driving offences. He returned an [...]
As part of its multi-agency road safety strategy, ACT Policing actively targeted drink and drug-affected drivers during the month of June.
Police conducted 9,802 breath tests during June removing 104 drink-drivers from Canberra roads, as well as three drivers detected under the influence of illicit drugs.
Between 2am and 5am last Thursday (June 27) four drivers were [...]
ACT Policing has expressed outrage over a driver who was caught drink driving last night (Monday, February 25).
Around 9.50pm, police received reports of a vehicle driving erratically on Hindmarsh Drive, Phillip. When police arrived the vehicle was parked on the verge of Corinna Street, Phillip and the male driver was behaving aggressively towards members of [...]
Simon Corbell has let it be known that he’s pushing out an exposure draft trying to slow down Canberra’s rampant recidivist drink drivers:
ACT Attorney General, Simon Corbell, has today released for comment, an exposure draft bill that could see a mandatory alcohol interlock program in cars to prevent high-risk drink drivers from getting behind the [...]
Driving inbound along Parkes Way last night I was pleased to see a big RBT operation set up testing outbound traffic about 600-700 metres past the Bindubi Street exit. Judging by the number of cars left on the side of the road it looked like the police has successfully removed quite a few drink drivers [...]
Twenty-six people were caught drink-driving on ACT roads last week (23-29 July), with eight of those drivers being repeat offenders.
Six of the drink-drivers were subject to a zero Alcohol Content reading, and 18 had their licences seized through the issuance of Immediate Suspension Notices.
The highest reading for the week was recorded around 9.30am on Saturday [...]
Targeted breath testing by ACT Policing resulted in 29 drink-drivers being apprehended last weekend (July 6 – 8).
Police apprehended 33 drink-drivers for the week in total (July 2 – 8), nine of whom were drivers required by the conditions of their licences to have a zero Blood Alcohol Content (BAC).
Repeat offenders continue to be an [...]
ACT Policing has caught 119 drink-drivers in June, the highest number of drink-drivers caught over a month-long period this year.
Throughout the month of June, ACT Policing targeted drink-driving, with 10,937 random roadside breath tests conducted by Traffic and General Duties members.
The highest reading last month was recorded on Friday 15 June, by a 51-year-old Watson [...]
Almost half the 34 drivers caught drink driving in the ACT over the past week were found to be 0.00 licence holders. Police apprehended 14 0.00 licence holders in the week of June 11 -17.
About 9.30 pm on Thursday, June 14, police stopped a vehicle on Namatjira Drive in Weston after the driver failed to [...]
ACT Policing have apprehended a high range drink driver in Gungahlin last night and a hit and run driver in Macquarie early this morning.
About 10.55pm, Friday 15 June, a vehicle was stopped on Hibberson Street after the driver was observed not wearing a seat belt.
The 51-year-old man returned a positive screen test; he was conveyed [...]
ACT Policing apprehended 58 drink-drivers over the past fortnight (16-29 April), with 30 of those drivers issued with Immediate Suspension Notices.
Of the 58 drivers apprehended, 22 were subject to special conditions which restricted them to an Alcohol Content (AC) of 0.00.
The highest reading of the fortnight was at 6.50pm on Sunday (April 29). Police responded [...]
ACT Policing apprehended 25 drink-drivers last week, with nine of those drivers holding provisional licences and one being a six-time previous drink-drive offender.
Fourteen drivers were issued with immediate suspension notices.
The six-time offender is a 59-year-old man from Ainslie, who was detected driving on Dickson Place, in Dickson. His reading was 0.153.
In one high-level drink-driving incident [...]
I was driving the diesel Golf southbound along Lady Denman Drive on Saturday afternoon with Mrs and Master Alderney when we happened on a police car blocking all traffic heading in that direction and funnelling it into a car park area for ‘random’ breath testing.
Now, I’m all for the police ensuring that drink impaired drivers [...]
A 33-year-old Belconnen man driving with his five-year-old son in the back seat has been caught drink driving after colliding with a police vehicle on the weekend.
Around midnight on Saturday night, police were conducting a routine patrol along Kingsford Smith Drive in Melba when they saw a vehicle travelling towards them on the wrong side [...]
ACT Policing apprehended four drink drivers this morning (Wednesday November 23) after returning positive blood alcohol readings on Commonwealth Avenue, Parkes.
Woden Patrol members conducted random breath testing between the hours of 12.15am and 2.30am, with 100 drivers tested.
The highest reading was from a provisional NSW driver, who returned a positive Alcohol Content (AC) reading of [...]
Simon Corbell has the thrilling news that there will be a compulsory course for those wanting their licences back after drink or drug driving convictions:
“From 25 November 2011, a person who commits a drink or drug driving offence will be required to complete a mandatory awareness course in order to regain or retain their driver [...]
A 37-year-old Wamboin (NSW) man is expected to be summonsed to face the ACT Magistrates Court after being caught drink driving for the ninth time.
Around 11.50pm last Saturday (July 23), the man was caught speeding in his Holden Caprice at 98km/h along Hindmarsh Drive, an 80km/h zone. The man undertook a roadside breath test, which [...]
One third of the 24 drink-drivers apprehended by ACT Policing over the weekend (July 15-17) were those required to comply with a zero blood alcohol level.
Among the eight apprehended with this restriction was a 30-year-old man from Fisher, who was stopped by police on Streeton Drive, Stirling around 9.30pm on Saturday night (July 16). He [...]
Two men on provisional licence holders will be summonsed to court after police caught them drink driving in separate incidents in Belconnen overnight.
Around 11.20pm last night (Wednesday, June 22), police attended a licensed premises in Cohen Street, Belconnen, following reports of three men refusing to leave. Upon arrival, police saw a Holden utility leaving the [...]
P1 has sent in this gem taken from the parking lot next to the ATO building in Civic.
Champagne, Russkis, and a parking ticket. That’s one big night out!
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What do they mean to you? If you don’t drink and drive, they will be seen as the government attempting to stop a plague that is gripping the City of Canberra.
In the past few months there have been a number of media releases from ACT Policing relating to drink driving. It was plain to see [...]
As I am sure you are all aware, recently the Government has implemented “tougher drink driving laws” making fundamental changes to eligibility for restricted licences and allowing police to hand out on the spot licence suspensions. Whilst these changes may appeal to some members of the public, who are on the “tougher on crime” bandwagon, [...]
A teenager who bit a police officer on the arm yesterday will face court this morning (Friday, April 1) charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, drink-driving, drive while disqualified and breach of bail.
The 17-year-old male, who lives in Macgregor, was stopped by ACT Policing officers about 5:50pm on Ginninderra Drive in Dunlop.
Upon being stopped [...]
ACT Policing will be focusing on Seat Belts for the month of April as part of the road safety campaign.
Every year in Australia more than 20% of all the road fatalities involve a person, including children, not being properly restrained.
Superintendent Mark Colbran has said that focussing on and adopting a zero tolerance to this offence [...]
More than a third of people caught drink driving in the past week were repeat offenders; with thirty one people caught in total. Twelve people were caught on Friday (March 18) alone.
A 28-year-old man recorded 0.297, the highest recording for the week. The man is restricted to a 0.00 limit.
A 25-year-old man, on a [...]
Thirty-six people have been caught by ACT Policing for drink driving in the past week (March 7 to March 15) with nearly half of them on 0.00 licences. Twelve of the people apprehended have at least one previous drink driving conviction.
Eighteen people were caught over the long weekend alone, with one driver having five previous [...]
ACT Policing has caught 30 drink drivers in the first week of its month long campaign on 1 March.
Of the 30 drink drivers apprehended, seven were subject to a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.00. 11 of the drink drivers were recidivist offenders having been previously caught for drink driving.
On Saturday night (5 March) [...]
Police will be targeting drink-driving this month as a continuation of their zero tolerance traffic enforcement campaigns.
Traffic Operations Superintendent Mark Colbran said as part of our rolling program of campaigns targeting high risk behaviours on our roads, ACT Policing will intensively target drink drivers with a particular focus on repeat offenders.
Only last week [...]
More than one-third of the 18 motorists caught drink driving last week were recidivist offenders, with one driver, a 34-year-old male caught by police drink driving for the tenth time, with a positive reading of 0.072.
Out of the 18 people apprehended, half were on 0.00 licenses.
The highest result recorded was by a 26-year-old man, who [...]
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 [...]