Twenty-nine people returned positive results for drink driving in the past week, with 23 caught over the weekend alone (Friday, August 19 to Sunday, August 21).
The highest recorded reading was from a 37-year-old man on Friday, August 19, with a reading of 0.201. He is a 0.05 licence holder.
Of the 29 people, six have previous convictions for drink driving and nine are restricted to 0.00 limits.
Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations Sergeant Jeff Knight said that the number of people who continue to drink and drive is surprising to him.
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“While we recorded a 50 per cent decrease in the number of road deaths on ACT roads last financial year, we’re not seeing a huge decrease in the number of people who continue to drink and drive, particularly those with previous convictions.
“This surprises us because we all know the dangers of impaired driving, and some continue to do it, even after they are caught multiple times,” Sergeant Knight said.
ACT Policing has conducted more than 2700 random breath tests already in August with 74 people returning positive results.
Ten people died on ACT roads in the 2010–11 financial year while 20 road deaths were recorded in 2009–10.
The road toll for this calendar year remains at 6 following the results of a post mortem conducted on the 86-year-old man from the collision on the Tuggeranong Parkway on Thursday, May 5. The cause of death was a medical condition.