Jon Stanhope retains the services of a Chief Justice and a Minister for Corrections who have both been caught DUI in recent times.
You have to wonder what sort of message that sends to the community.
But that hasn’t stopped our Chiefly Leader from putting out a media release condemning the high number of drink drivers caught in January, which might in part be related to the very welcome much higher numbers of police out on the roads.
- “”It is completely unacceptable that some members of our community cannot see that drink-driving poses a serious danger not just to themselves, but to other Canberrans,” Mr Stanhope said.
“The ACT Government and ACT Police are working closely to target and reduce drink driving through road safety cameras, strongly-worded message billboards and a greater police presence.”
Also apparently in Stanhope-world the point to point speed cameras are going to combat this scourge… No seriously!
And then the push to essentially de-criminalise drink driving is presented as a tough measure against it:
- “I have also asked the Attorney General Simon Corbell to take urgent advice on adopting the Victorian system for dealing with drink-driving offences, where offences carry a mandatory fine and licence disqualification period, depending on blood alcohol level and almost never involve a court appearance.”
He finishes with a little lecture to you all:
- I want every Canberran to understand that road rules exist for a reason: to make our roads safer for everyone,” Mr Stanhope said.