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A dark dark time for Canberra

By johnboy - 1 November 2013 96

There’s disturbing news on the Canberra Times about a very rare drink cycling conviction:

A teenager who rode his bicycle drunk through Canberra streets has been convicted, despite protesting that he didn’t know “drink-riding” was a crime.

The 19-year-old Canberra man, who was caught riding under the influence earlier this year, has been fined and has been banned from driving for six months.

The teenager was riding drunk at 3am, wearing all black, and without a helmet.

Sounds like a real numb nuts has gone and ruined everything for everyone.

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A dark dark time for Canberra
Zan 10:44 am 02 Nov 13

Many many years ago this was a common occurrence as not everyone had a car. Lots of people got booked for drink peddling. There was even someone booked for drunk in charge of a horse. Everything old is new again.

Tooks 9:54 am 02 Nov 13

Frustrated said :

But, if your are Peta Credlin, the PM’s advisor, you get a slap on the wrist and dont lose your licence!

Yeah, the authorities are certainly on top of things.

Credlin’s punishment was in line with that of any other civilian with a similar offence. No special treatment, no conspiracy. Same thing with that Jack Waterford tool.

You wouldn’t believe how many non conviction orders are handed out for drink driving.

Frustrated 10:44 pm 01 Nov 13

But, if your are Peta Credlin, the PM’s advisor, you get a slap on the wrist and dont lose your licence!

Yeah, the authorities are certainly on top of things.

Aeek 9:27 pm 01 Nov 13

p1 said :

Did he fail the attitude when he got pulled over, or was he riding the wrong way down a main road?

Must have been something to get our police to bother. Is this the first time since motor vehicles were introduced?

wildturkeycanoe 9:20 pm 01 Nov 13

Sobering thought though.
Makes you wonder if you were on a bicycle path, not the road, over the limit and got busted. You’d lose your driver’s license, but you can still ride. What if you didn’t have a license to begin with? What does the law do with you, stop you riding to work? WALK!!
I personally think this law is ridiculous for so many reasons, but as pointed out, it only takes one to ruin it for all of us. I have to confess, I’ve ridden to and from the shops [sticking to footpaths all the way] to avoid the risk of DUI, but didn’t think this was possible.
Again I iterate – what is the penalty for those who haven’t got licenses, compared to those who do? It’s like taking your medical practitioner’s license away from you because you were fishing without a fishing license. They are different distinct modes of [transport, activity, qualification], but one affects the other.
If the police are going to start enforcing this rule, then I am going to actively start campaigning for equity between drivers and cyclists. Specifically, cyclists should be licensed to do so and their vehicles registered as being roadworthy according to the relevant Australian standards!
Further, that an infringement upon a driver or cyclist as demonstrated by this nitwit, be binding on both the driving and cycling license.
Total moron for ruining everything for all of us.

bigfeet 8:26 pm 01 Nov 13

p1 said :

Did he fail the attitude when he got pulled over, or was he riding the wrong way down a main road?

A cop friend once told me that the only time that anyone gets booked for this is when they bring it on themselves. Usually by doing one of two things:

– Behaving like an absolute total dick, playing chicken with traffic, behaving dangerously etc where the cops get lots of complaints.
or
– if you are in an accident where someone is injured (normally this results from behaving like a total dick) and the police have no choice but to act.

Aside from that its not really high on their priorities.

poetix 7:11 pm 01 Nov 13

It takes a rare sadist to post such a story on Friday afternoon. May both your beer and your tyres be flat.

I love that riding a sheep while drunk is an offence! As if anyone would do that while sober.

lostinbias 6:48 pm 01 Nov 13

I did the exact same thing a couple of years back. Got pulled over by an unmarked car. I was civil with the cops and got off scot-free.

I was drunk, I had no lights or helmet and was riding on the side of Northbourne against the flow of traffic.

I was lucky, but better him than me…

Henry82 6:38 pm 01 Nov 13

gazket said :

That’s more that what most pissy car drivers get.

It appears he must have blown over .15 (or refused) and was given the first time minimum penalty.

http://www.legalaidact.org.au/pdf/publications_drinkdriving_and_restrictedlicence.pdf

Tooks 6:32 pm 01 Nov 13

p1 said :

Did he fail the attitude when he got pulled over, or was he riding the wrong way down a main road?

I’d say he probably reeked of the good ol’ intoxicating liquor.

milkman 6:32 pm 01 Nov 13

Wow, almost sounds like JB is endorsing riding drunk on public roads.

p1 6:15 pm 01 Nov 13

Did he fail the attitude when he got pulled over, or was he riding the wrong way down a main road?

gazket 4:31 pm 01 Nov 13

That’s more that what most pissy car drivers get.

astrojax 4:24 pm 01 Nov 13

jase! said :

at least he can still ride his bike

at 3am, wearing all black, and without a helmet… pissed.

jase! 3:55 pm 01 Nov 13

at least he can still ride his bike

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