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Drink-Driving on the rise

By Kramer - 23 December 2008 98

Get your act together Canberra! The ABC reports that “Canberra drivers look like breaking the record for the number of drink-driving offences this financial year.” People are just not getting the message that drink driving is a crime, and you might end up killing someone or yourself.

So what do you suggest can be done get the message through?

What’s Your opinion?


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Drink-Driving on the rise
BerraBoy68 9:28 am 23 Dec 08

peterh said :

BerraBoy68 said :

That’s it, no drinks for you Peterh…

I had my kids education pinned to that invention!

and you still haven’t realised that I have been sober for 2-years….

might fall off the wagon this holiday, won a bottle of moet…

Moet?! I’ll be round at 6:30. Don’t start without me….

tylersmayhem 9:25 am 23 Dec 08

I agree with making night buses a frequent and permanent service in Canberra!

I’ve been breath tested several times this year, and at different times of the day – hence “random” testing. I’ve even been tested on the way to work on a Tuesday morning. Had it been years earlier, I would have been done after having a big one on a Monday.

If drink driving is on the rise, the police are obviously doing something right, and while their time and locations of tests can often be questioned on here with mindless “quota” fact – they probably have some very solid data and trends they use to decide when and where.

Don’t drink and drive! If you don’t give at s**t about your own safety, at least think about other you are putting a risk. If that still doesn’t convince you, keep in mind that if you happen to hurt or kill someone while drink driving, you’ll go to prison. $50 cab fare doesn’t seem so bad then eh?!

peterh 9:24 am 23 Dec 08

BerraBoy68 said :

That’s it, no drinks for you Peterh…

I had my kids education pinned to that invention!

and you still haven’t realised that I have been sober for 2-years….

might fall off the wagon this holiday, won a bottle of moet…

BerraBoy68 9:21 am 23 Dec 08

That’s it, no drinks for you Peterh…

I had my kids education pinned to that invention!

peterh 9:19 am 23 Dec 08

BerraBoy68 said :

How about someone invents a breatheliser that disables the ignition if the driver is over the limit? (I Dibs the IP)

Parents could install it in their kids cars.

you are a bit slow, saw this in the US on a telecon link – talking about networking and GPS / Sat comms….

peterh 9:18 am 23 Dec 08

graphic ads. lots of blood. actual photos of accident scenes and the carnage. amazing how drink driving seems to just get pictures of people being arrested. what about the dui drivers that have killed innocents?

cube em all!

BerraBoy68 9:16 am 23 Dec 08

How about someone invents a breatheliser that disables the ignition if the driver is over the limit? (I Dibs the IP)

Parents could install it in their kids cars.

AG Canberra 9:09 am 23 Dec 08

Even if we executed people who were busted there would still be idiots out there who thought they wouldn’t get caught.

The only way is to make sure the chances of getting caught are much higher than they are now.

Perhaps we can employ public servants to do both the breath check and the vehicle check at the same time – and have only one or two real coppers doing the processing of the idiots. If it’s good enough for parking and speeding offences why not drink driving?

harvyk1 8:58 am 23 Dec 08

I’m with the cheap fares idea. Hell, I’d even go a shuttle bus or nightrider service. Otherwise that’s $80 gone on a taxi alone. $80 can buy me a lot of booze.

Clown Killer 8:53 am 23 Dec 08

I doubt that there’s actually any more drunks out on the roads than usual. The increased figures is likely to represent an outcome of the AFPs targetted approach to breath testing.

Thumper 8:49 am 23 Dec 08

Courtesy buses from clubs would also help.

Growling Ferret 8:46 am 23 Dec 08

Bring back the public shaming column in the Canberra Times!

BerraBoy68 8:44 am 23 Dec 08

Make people watch an autopsy of a car crash victim. We were made to do this when I was in the Navy in the 80’s. It certainly left a lasting impression.

Hamilton 8:21 am 23 Dec 08

Maybe if the AFP got off their a$$es and did breath testing at times/locations where the likelyhood of catching offenders was high, then people would take it seriously and stop doing it. In the past 8 years I haven’t been breath tested once and I drive alot for my job at all hours.

I used to live in Jerra and I would have been breath tested at least 15 times in the 2 years I lived there.

Perhaps they are catching more people because they are starting to get their act together?

H1NG0 8:14 am 23 Dec 08

Make cab fares cheaper and run more late night bus services so people will be less inclined to “risk it”. In a pissed state, saving $50 odd bucks by driving home instead of taking a cab seems like a good idea.

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