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Drink driving busts roll on

By johnboy - 23 November 2011 37

ACT Policing apprehended four drink drivers this morning (Wednesday November 23) after returning positive blood alcohol readings on Commonwealth Avenue, Parkes.

Woden Patrol members conducted random breath testing between the hours of 12.15am and 2.30am, with 100 drivers tested.

The highest reading was from a provisional NSW driver, who returned a positive Alcohol Content (AC) reading of 0.118 and received an immediate suspension notice.

Another probationary driver who had been caught six weeks earlier returned an Alcohol Content (AC) reading of 0.112 and was also given an immediate suspension notice.

Two drivers on full licenses returned positive Alcohol Content (AC) readings of 0.056 and 0.099.

ACT Policing are continuing to target drink drivers this month and over the holiday period with a clear message to motorists to either drink or drive, not both.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Drink driving busts roll on
KB1971 9:56 am 24 Nov 11

Miss_Opinionated said :

“Drink driving busts roll on” – well of course this is the case and will continue to be the case until Canberra’s government finally has the bright idea to improve public transport by funding more buses, buses servicing more areas and buses running past 1130pm at least two nights a week. Yes yes yes this all costs money…. But couldn’t our rapidly increasing registration fees cover it? I get 3 mths rego at a time and every 3 mths I am faced with a higher registration fee than the last. So my extra cost every 3 mths plus the rest of Canberra driver’s with their increasing registration fees would cover the cost about 10 times more than needed. Also, if the government improved this area of public transport, then at least they will finally have a valid reason, or any reason at all, for Canberra’s heavily increasing vehicle registration.

How is someone drinking & then deciding to get behind a wheel the goverments fault?

It it too hard for someone to plan their evening; “Ohh, I am going to get pissed tonight, I might LEAVE THE CAR AT HOME & get a taxi or a mate to drive me” (provided they are sober). Its not rocket science & it is not a new concept.

Maybe you should “grow a brain”…………….

shadow boxer 9:54 am 24 Nov 11

Well if he was blind enough to hand in his licence and riding into oncoming traffic it’s probably 50/50 he would be dead.

Tooks 9:53 am 24 Nov 11

Miss_Opinionated said :

Regarding Rhys and the dead cyclist…. Uneducated opinions don’t impress me. I’m very close to him and sat through all court proceedings. Louis Andrews from the CanberraTimes had very creative and catching articles, but that’s all they were…. He forgot to include any actual facts. For starters, Rhys was never done DUI and wasn’t serving time for the cyclist’s death. Also, cyclist had recently stopped driving due to increasingly bad eyesight…. Was his eyesight better on a bicycle? I doubt it. Both the Magistrate and Supreme Court Judge agreed the cyclist was also at fault. I cannot believe that Louis Andrews and others in similar media roles can actually add untruths and wrong facts to a story just so it gets more readers. The moral of this story: at least educate yourself so that your even entitled have an opinion.

He was suspended and shouldn’t have been driving. End of story.

p1 9:49 am 24 Nov 11

Thumper said :

Awesome, I can see this thread taking off in a big way.

Let’s start with, not supposed to be driving but did anyway and then killed a cyclist.

Discuss.

This.

When an accident happens an one of the people was breaking the law, I tend to immediately dump a fair bit of the blame on them, even if they didn’t necessarily cause it. We do this with drunk drivers, speeding drivers, etc.

If he hadn’t been driving, the dude wouldn’t be dead, QED.

Thumper 8:36 am 24 Nov 11

Awesome, I can see this thread taking off in a big way.

Let’s start with, not supposed to be driving but did anyway and then killed a cyclist.

Discuss.

DUB 8:29 am 24 Nov 11

Miss_Opinionated said :


What is a defamatory publication?…

…An inference that casts a defamatory imputation is enough to bring an action….

…if only life could be that black and white hay?!***

Want to score some easy money? 🙂
What is the deal with “hay” in your posts? This makes me think that you are either a horse, hungry for hay, or a Queenslander? Looking fwd to your reply.

Mwah. 🙂

Miss_Opinionated 5:05 am 24 Nov 11

“I wonder if a judge could be sued for such a decision??

The only person in this situation who is entitled to sue anyone is Rhys. The following FACTUAL information confirms how this is so:

What is a defamatory publication?

Material that could be found to be defamatory includes that which has the tendency to lower the person in the estimation of others, or that would tend to result in the person being shunned or avoided or that is likely to expose the person to hatred, contempt or ridicule (trivial ridicule or good natured humour is less likely to be problematic than derisory ridicule).

In its 1996 report on defamation law, the A.C.T. Community Law Reform Committee outlined defamation as follows:

“Defamation is the publication of words or images to a person that damages the reputation of another [‘slander’ if spoken words, ‘libel’ if written words or images]. A defamatory statement is one that is likely to cause ordinary, reasonable people to think less of the person about whom the words or images are published. An inference that casts a defamatory imputation is enough to bring an action.

For a defamation action to be successful, it must be established that the communication:
• was published to a third person, i.e. to at least one person other than the plaintiff
• identifies the plaintiff, for example, by name or by a reference to a small group of people
• contains a defamatory statement or imputation (whether intentionally published or not).

Information obtained from http://www.efa.org.au

***Its easier for human emotions to place blame or hold someone responsible when a death involving another occurs. Unfortunately accidents can just happen, through no fault or equal fault of both parties depending on the situation. There is not ALWAYS a villan and hero, if only life could be that black and white hay?!***

Miss_Opinionated 3:56 am 24 Nov 11

Sue Refshaugi? Grow a brain! He didn’t make it as a Supreme Court judge by accident. He knows the ins and outs of all legal jurisdiction, has successfully handled a countless number of appeals, is well known and highly regarded and didn’t decide Rhys’ fate light-heartedly – mths of deliberation. As I said before, educate yourselves before submitting what u “speculate” to have happened, it’s just a waste of your time. Go shampoo your hair or something instead hay!

Miss_Opinionated 3:47 am 24 Nov 11

Regarding Rhys and the dead cyclist…. Uneducated opinions don’t impress me. I’m very close to him and sat through all court proceedings. Louis Andrews from the CanberraTimes had very creative and catching articles, but that’s all they were…. He forgot to include any actual facts. For starters, Rhys was never done DUI and wasn’t serving time for the cyclist’s death. Also, cyclist had recently stopped driving due to increasingly bad eyesight…. Was his eyesight better on a bicycle? I doubt it. Both the Magistrate and Supreme Court Judge agreed the cyclist was also at fault. I cannot believe that Louis Andrews and others in similar media roles can actually add untruths and wrong facts to a story just so it gets more readers. The moral of this story: at least educate yourself so that your even entitled have an opinion.

Miss_Opinionated 3:31 am 24 Nov 11

“Drink driving busts roll on” – well of course this is the case and will continue to be the case until Canberra’s government finally has the bright idea to improve public transport by funding more buses, buses servicing more areas and buses running past 1130pm at least two nights a week. Yes yes yes this all costs money…. But couldn’t our rapidly increasing registration fees cover it? I get 3 mths rego at a time and every 3 mths I am faced with a higher registration fee than the last. So my extra cost every 3 mths plus the rest of Canberra driver’s with their increasing registration fees would cover the cost about 10 times more than needed. Also, if the government improved this area of public transport, then at least they will finally have a valid reason, or any reason at all, for Canberra’s heavily increasing vehicle registration.

KB1971 10:57 am 23 Nov 11

carnardly said :

oops – sorry folks.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/cyclists-death-driver-guilty/2182791.aspx

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/serial-traffic-offender-gets-an-early-release/2367371.aspx?storypage=1

This gives me the sh!ts a bit. Mr Refshauge didn’t find Mr Wilkins not guilty in the appeal but decided to reduce the terms of sentencing anyway? Despite a long history of disqualified driving & the potential to do it again?

Sounds like Mr Refshauge felt he must have had to make a change to the sentencing for the sake of it. I live in Tuggers & drive that area regularly, is Mr Refshauge going to look after me if I encounter this bloke in an accident situation?

I wonder if a judge could be sued for such a decision?

Please educate me……….

carnardly 10:39 am 23 Nov 11
colourful sydney rac 10:22 am 23 Nov 11

carnardly said :

Not specifically related to drink driving, but look at Rhys Wilkins as a prime example.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/lo … 82791.aspx

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/lo … torypage=1

The guy that was under strict bail conditions prohibiting him from driving… (I thought the suspended licence was supposed to do that in the first place!).

But he chose to drive and he killed an innocent man through is actions.

Then his defence lawyer tried to blame the cyclist.

This guy blew all his chances when he chose to disregard every penalty applied to him.

4 months in jail doesn’t seem much for a human life with a string of offences behind you.

If you read this Rhys – grow up, and please think about others and not just yourself in future.

links don’t work….

carnardly 10:12 am 23 Nov 11

Not specifically related to drink driving, but look at Rhys Wilkins as a prime example.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/lo … 82791.aspx

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/lo … torypage=1

The guy that was under strict bail conditions prohibiting him from driving… (I thought the suspended licence was supposed to do that in the first place!). But he chose to drive and he killed an innocent man through is actions. Then his defence lawyer tried to blame the cyclist.

This guy blew all his chances when he chose to disregard every penalty applied to him. 4 months in jail doesn’t seem much for a human life with a string of offences behind you.

If you read this Rhys – grow up, and please think about others and not just yourself in future.

DUB 10:04 am 23 Nov 11

Every time ACTP conducts RBT- most of the caught drivers, as it turns out, were previously caught.Fines do not deter them from re-offending.
Perhaps, it is time for drastic measures- pull those d**kheads out of a car , put them on their knees by the kerb , one shot in the back of the head.
I don’t see any other way these people can be educated and others warned of dangers of DUI .:-/

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