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11 of 40 drink drivers recidivists

By johnboy - 9 August 2012 9

ACT Policing has warned that enforcement efforts to catch impaired road users will continue after 40 drink-drivers were apprehended over the past week (July 30 – August 5).

Twenty–eight of the 40 drink-drivers were caught over the weekend (August 3-5).

Of those apprehended, 22 were issued with Immediate Suspension Notices, while six were required by the conditions of their licences to have a zero Blood Alcohol Content (BAC).

Repeat offenders continue to be an issue on Canberra’s roads, with 11 of those apprehended having previous convictions for drink-driving.

In one high-level incident around midnight on Saturday (August 4), a 38-year-old Duffy woman driving a Holden Commodore was stopped by police on Brierly Street in Weston where she returned a positive result to a roadside screening test. She was taken to Woden Police Station where she recorded an Alcohol Content (AC) reading of 0.201. As a full licence-holder she was four times over the legal limit and her licence was suspended immediately. She will face the ACT Magistrates Court on September 26.

Traffic Operations Superintendent Kylie Flower said it was shameful that people continued to drink and drive, putting their lives and those of other road users at risk.

“These 40 drink-drivers have shown blatant disrespect for the law, for their own safety and for that of other road users,” Superintendent Flower said.

“We will continue to conduct traffic stops and random breath tests around the clock on ACT roads so if you drink and drive, we will catch you and you will be charged.”

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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11 of 40 drink drivers recidivists
OpenYourMind 10:46 pm 09 Aug 12

LSWCHP said :

snoopydoc said :

Taking away people’s licenses seems to have very little impact on whether or not they jump back behind the wheel, either intoxicated again, or not.

Anyone have a good reason why mandatory sentencing, and/or impounding of vehicles, should not be introduced for these morons?

Thought about it. No good reason came to mind. Lock up the drivers for a goodly while and impound the cars.

Don’t need to lock up the drivers. Just impound the vehicles. I’ve never heard a sane argument not to. If the family of the recidivist needs the car, they sure won’t cope well when the recidivist writes it off or takes out another family, if the recidivist doesn’t own the car, then the person who loaned it should have known better. The kind of person that gets behind the wheel and is busted drunk a 2nd or more times is sure to have a problem readily apparent to those trusting enough to lend a car.

LSWCHP 9:55 pm 09 Aug 12

snoopydoc said :

Taking away people’s licenses seems to have very little impact on whether or not they jump back behind the wheel, either intoxicated again, or not.

Anyone have a good reason why mandatory sentencing, and/or impounding of vehicles, should not be introduced for these morons?

Thought about it. No good reason came to mind. Lock up the drivers for a goodly while and impound the cars.

The Antichrist 9:18 pm 09 Aug 12

HenryBG said :

bundah said :

Could you imagine a scenario where ACT Policing issued a statement indicating that there were no drink-drivers caught for a whole month??? Well it wouldn’t take much after all the precedent has already been set!

How many criminals did they catch for the month?
Presumably they’ve caught them all if they’ve got time to inexcusably inconvenience thousands of ACT motorists in order to book 30 people for drink-driving.

Inexcusably ?? Yeh, I am sure if your mother was killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you would have a different point of view. If an RBT removes just 1 impaired driver from the roads, that is 1 less dickhead who might cause a whole lot of inconvenience to someone else’s family when he crashes into their car.

There is no inconvenience of any substance when a driver is subjected to an RBT. It adds about the same time to your road trip as 2 extra red lights.

snoopydoc 7:22 pm 09 Aug 12

Taking away people’s licenses seems to have very little impact on whether or not they jump back behind the wheel, either intoxicated again, or not.

Anyone have a good reason why mandatory sentencing, and/or impounding of vehicles, should not be introduced for these morons?

HenryBG 6:29 pm 09 Aug 12

bundah said :

Could you imagine a scenario where ACT Policing issued a statement indicating that there were no drink-drivers caught for a whole month??? Well it wouldn’t take much after all the precedent has already been set!

How many criminals did they catch for the month?
Presumably they’ve caught them all if they’ve got time to inexcusably inconvenience thousands of ACT motorists in order to book 30 people for drink-driving.

bigfeet 5:29 pm 09 Aug 12

One said :

I need to Butt in here (excuse the pun); I suggest the following data for consideration of the chief of police, in regards to police statements:

Alcohol – 2,831
Motor Vechicle Accidents – 1,731
Illegal Drugs – 863
Murders – 203

Causes of Death in Australia *
Source: AIHW Quantification of drug caused mortality and morbidity in Australia, 1998 and ABS Causes of Death, 1998.

I always knew those anti-smoking ads would come in handy.

Please go back onto the prescribed dosage of your medication. Or please go away.

One 5:02 pm 09 Aug 12

I need to Butt in here (excuse the pun); I suggest the following data for consideration of the chief of police, in regards to police statements:

Alcohol – 2,831
Motor Vechicle Accidents – 1,731
Illegal Drugs – 863
Murders – 203

Causes of Death in Australia *
Source: AIHW Quantification of drug caused mortality and morbidity in Australia, 1998 and ABS Causes of Death, 1998.

I always knew those anti-smoking ads would come in handy.

Pork Hunt 4:37 pm 09 Aug 12

So when the alleged precedent was set, they did not issue a statement….

bundah 3:26 pm 09 Aug 12

Could you imagine a scenario where ACT Policing issued a statement indicating that there were no drink-drivers caught for a whole month??? Well it wouldn’t take much after all the precedent has already been set!

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