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30% of drink drivers recidivists

By johnboy 10 March 2011 23

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 apprehended a 47-year-old Gordon man for two drink driving offences. The first offence occurred at 9.10pm where the man underwent a road side test on Drakeford Drive, Greenway and returned a positive result. He was taken to the Tuggeranong Police Station where he recorded a BAC reading of 0.117. The man’s licence was immediately suspended by police.

The second offence occurred at 10.10pm the same evening where police saw the same man driving his vehicle along O’Halloran Circuit, Kambah. As the man had his licence suspended, and classed as a special driver he was subject to a BAC limit of 0.00. The man recorded a BAC of 0.91 and will be summonsed to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.

ACT Policing’s Traffic Operations Superintendent Mark Colbran said the latest figures continue a disturbing trend of approximately one third of all drink drivers apprehended being recidivists. ACT Policing has been proactive in informing the community of the targeted approach in relation to drink driving.

“ACT Policing will continue targeting drink drivers across the ACT, and is determined to apprehend and prosecute people who make the decision to drink and drive,” Superintendent Colbran said.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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HenryBG 6:27 pm 09 Aug 12

shadow boxer said :

I’m going to get smashed here but it’s a bit like the speeding thing, put the limit back to a reasonable level, say .08, and then throw the book at offenders.

zero levels are self defeating, just leads to a lack of respect and a what the hell i’m over now….

Exactly.

Fewer laws equals less crime.

Mysteryman said :

EvanJames said :

I agree with the idea to put the legal limit back up to .08 or even 1. and then nail those that exceed it. Currently you have people going .06 who are clearly unaffected by alcohol.

And there are people driving at 0.04 who are in no way capable of driving.

OK, so enforcing that BAC limit is completely missing the point then. You’re punishing people who are not a danger and you are not punishing people who are.

The actual issue is that there are incapable drivers who are nevertheless given a licence. We all see these drivers every day, infringing all sorts of road rules and creating dangerous situations.

Instead of applying stupid BAC limits to people who are driving perfectly sensibly, how about taking off the roads all the people who are not driving sensibly?

One 5:14 pm 09 Aug 12

I suggest the following data for consideration of the chief of police, in regards to ACT Policing media 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.

Anti-smoking ads do come in handy. I think the drinkers will be dead before getting to a car – only if numbers mean anything at all.

One 5:07 pm 09 Aug 12

The following data is for consideration, in regards to ACT Policing 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.

Those anti-smoking ads come in handy but I think your going to die well before getting to the car.

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