ACT Policing detected 41 drivers with an excessive blood-alcohol reading, during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period (December 24 2010 to January 3 2011).
The highest result recorded was by a 32-year-old man in Higgins in the early hours of Friday, December 31 2010, with a reading of 0.204. Fourteen of the drivers detected are classified as special drivers and therefore subject to a 0.00 blood alcohol limit. The highest reading recorded for a 0.00 licence was 0.196.
Twenty-nine (29) of the 41 people were detected on either the Christmas weekend or New Year’s weekend.
ACT Policing’s Traffic Operations Superintendent Mark Colbran said that despite the clear warnings to motorists, there are still some people that run the risk of being involved in a collision because they drink and drive.
“This is a matter of frustration for all police officers. The message is fairly simple, if you don’t drink and drive, your chances of being involved in a serious or fatal collision are dramatically reduced,” Superintendent Colbran said.
“Some people don’t seem to get the message. This doesn’t mean we stop trying, it just means we try and refine our messages and our operations to get that message across,” he added.
352 traffic infringement notices were also issued to motorist for a number of offences during the period December 24, 2010 to January 3, 2011.