7 July 2020

ACT Policing alarmed by spike in drink-drive incidents

| Michael Weaver
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ACT Police have caught a number of motorists drink driving during the past week. Photo: ACT Policing.

ACT Policing has again warned Canberra motorists about the dangers of drink driving after a number of high-range incidents over the weekend, including a Hawker man caught almost five times above the legal blood alcohol limit.

Acting Officer in Charge of ACT’s Road Policing Detective Sergeant Ivan Naspe said the first week of July has brought an alarming spike in the number of drink driving offences.

Officers detected seven motorists driving at more than double the legal alcohol limit during the past week.

This includes a 36-year-old Hawker man who recorded a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.230, more than four times the legal limit. He was involved in a two-car collision at Weetangera last Thursday (2 July).

Also on Thursday night, a 45-year-old man was detected with a BAC of 0.216 in Latham, while a 33-year-old Lyons man returned a positive blood alcohol sample of 0.122 in Cook.

Last Friday night, a 39-year-old woman was detected with a BAC of 0.104 in Aranda.

Then on Saturday night, a 34-year-old Latham man received his fifth drink driving offence after recording a BAC of 0.180 on Saturday night (4 July).

A 29-year-old Braddon man was breath-tested after failing to stop for police in Aranda on Saturday night. He was eventually stopped in O’Connor and returned a BAC of 0.108. He was arrested and charged with failure to stop and prescribed concentration of alcohol offences.

On Sunday morning, a 30-year-old man blew 0.116 in Charnwood.

Detective Sergeant Naspe said such reckless driver behaviour had to stop.

“This is not a new message. Everybody knows driving while intoxicated is dangerous and can have horrific consequences for the driver, passengers and anyone else unfortunate enough to encounter a drunk driver on the road,” he said.

“For those who make the incredibly dumb decision to drink and drive, be prepared for the consequences – you will be caught. Roadside alcohol or drug testing can happen anywhere, any time on any road by police in marked and unmarked police vehicles.

“ACT Policing uses a targeted, intelligence-led approach to deter, detect and remove impaired drivers off our roads.”

Drivers face heavy penalties for drink driving and all of the seven people detected will appear in court at a later date via summons.

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