Alleged drink driver’s school zone speeding shocks police

Ian Bushnell 3 September 2018

The incident occurred at 3:45 pm with many children present after school.

An alleged drink driver sped through a school zone in Holt at more than 30km/h over the speed limit last Friday afternoon, police say.

The incident shocked police, who called it abhorrent.

Police said that about 3:45 pm on Friday (31 August), ACT Policing Traffic Operations detected a vehicle travelling at 76 kilometres per hour (km/h) in a 40km/h school zone on Hardwick Crescent, Holt.

Police stopped the vehicle and 38-year-old Latham man returned a positive test for alcohol and was taken to Belconnen Police Station, where a breath analysis showed a reading of 0.247 – almost five times the legal limit (0.05).

The man’s driver licence was immediately suspended and he will be summoned to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date over a number of traffic offences, including drink driving.

Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, Acting Station Sergeant David Wills said he was staggered by the stupidity of the driver.

“The actions and driving conduct of this man are abhorrent,” Acting Station Sergeant Wills said. “To drive at nearly double the speed limit and almost five times the legal alcohol limit is irresponsible and dangerous.

“It’s particularly disappointing to see considering driving conditions were wet, and the area had a high amount of pedestrian movement with many children walking in the area after school.

“Road safety is the responsibility of all road users.”

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