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10k breath tests nab 100 drunks (or thereabouts)

By johnboy 3 July 2013 27

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 detected drink driving resulting in Immediate Suspension Notices (ISN) being issued.

A 49-year-old Higgins man returned a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of 0.103, along with a 22-year-old MacQuarie man (BAC reading 0.120), a 34-year-old Harrison man (BAC reading 0.093) and a 23-year-old McKellar man (BAC reading 0.149).

All four drivers were summonsed to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.

On Saturday (June 29) a 43-year-old Lyneham woman returned a BAC level of 0.258 resulting in an ISN being issued.

Acting Superintendent of Traffic Operations Rod Anderson said he was disappointed in the number of impaired drivers on our roads.

“It’s alarming that despite our best efforts, people continue to choose to drink and drive. Our message is simply not getting across, there are some people out there still not getting it,” Acting Superintendent Anderson said.

“With every police car equipped with breath testing equipment you can be caught anywhere, anytime. Our message is simple: drink or drive”.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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rhino 2:47 pm 08 Jul 13

Kayem said :

rhino said :

ezy10z said :

Does anyone have an understanding about how they police drug driving? I understand its a mouth swab, but can police pull you over for a random swab as they do for a random breath test? and exactly what drugs are detected? what if you had smoked a joint a few night earlier, would this show up?

That’s one issue I see. From what I’ve read it does appear that you can be picked up for it long after the effects have fully worn off. Some things may last an hour or less and be detectable for a few days. That’s equivalent to being pulled over on a wednesday for going out drinking on the weekend. Hardly reasonable really. Especially when cannabis is not illegal in the ACT. I’m not certain what the detectable times are though, but I did google it a year ago or so and some of the times were unreasonable.

Cannabis is illegal to possess or consume in the ACT, however if the amount concerned is less than 25 grams of dried cannabis or two non-hydroponically grown plants for personal use, police have the discretion to issue a Simple Cannabis Offence Notice which provides for a civil penalty of $100 rather than involving a criminal charge.

So possession of small amounts of cannabis has been decriminalised in the ACT, but it is still illegal.

http://www.police.act.gov.au/crime-and-safety/drugs-and-alcohol/drugs-and-the-law.aspx

Ok it’s decriminalised, not fully legal. But if you’re allowed to grow your own for personal use and you have small quantities to use just for yourself then that is not illegal. The point I was making is that there exist scenarios where you aren’t being a criminal by smoking some marijuana in the ACT and therefore the fact that you have smoked it shouldn’t be an issue. Whether you are impaired to a dangerous level whilst driving is the issue. So having it detected in your system but not necessarily having any influence on you at that moment is not really what I’d consider something that should be punished on legal grounds in the ACT.

milkman 6:50 pm 06 Jul 13

poetix said :

milkman said :

I get around the problem by having a self imposed limit of two drinks if I will be driving. Works great.

Yes, I have similar policies too, but as I know I am unreliable, I make other arrangements.

Then I can drink excessively.

🙂

Kayem 4:46 pm 06 Jul 13

rhino said :

ezy10z said :

Does anyone have an understanding about how they police drug driving? I understand its a mouth swab, but can police pull you over for a random swab as they do for a random breath test? and exactly what drugs are detected? what if you had smoked a joint a few night earlier, would this show up?

That’s one issue I see. From what I’ve read it does appear that you can be picked up for it long after the effects have fully worn off. Some things may last an hour or less and be detectable for a few days. That’s equivalent to being pulled over on a wednesday for going out drinking on the weekend. Hardly reasonable really. Especially when cannabis is not illegal in the ACT. I’m not certain what the detectable times are though, but I did google it a year ago or so and some of the times were unreasonable.

Cannabis is illegal to possess or consume in the ACT, however if the amount concerned is less than 25 grams of dried cannabis or two non-hydroponically grown plants for personal use, police have the discretion to issue a Simple Cannabis Offence Notice which provides for a civil penalty of $100 rather than involving a criminal charge.

So possession of small amounts of cannabis has been decriminalised in the ACT, but it is still illegal.

http://www.police.act.gov.au/crime-and-safety/drugs-and-alcohol/drugs-and-the-law.aspx

poetix 2:32 pm 06 Jul 13

milkman said :

I get around the problem by having a self imposed limit of two drinks if I will be driving. Works great.

Yes, I have similar policies too, but as I know I am unreliable, I make other arrangements.

Then I can drink excessively.

milkman 1:27 pm 06 Jul 13

I get around the problem by having a self imposed limit of two drinks if I will be driving. Works great.

bundah 12:35 pm 06 Jul 13

The fact is that the mindset of those who decide to drink and drive is no different to those that deliberately run red lights, inappropriately speed etc. They don’t particularly care what the law says and no doubt many don’t think that they’re doing anything wrong so it’s very easy for them to justify their behaviour.

So, therefore with the current approach adopted by the legislators and judiciary NOTHING will ever change.Such is the carefree,she’ll be right mate aussie attitude that is deeply entrenched in our society.

General 12:18 pm 06 Jul 13

BimboGeek said :

The police said: “Our message is simple: drink or drive.”

I think they mean drink NAND drive!

OR means that the naughty option is doing neither.

Even to say drink XOR drive is a little unfair on pedestrian teetotalers.

Can they please run their marketing slogans by a mathematician before they embarrass themselves any further?

I’m going to suggest that the police are not even the slightest bit embarrassed. I am actually struggling to understand what you were trying achieve with that post.

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