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.
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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.