Drink-Driving on the rise

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?


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ant ant 9:52 pm 25 Dec 08

Well, I drove from NSW into Canberra and back today, and nary a cop was seen. Actually the roads were very quiet and quite mellow.

Tooks Tooks 9:33 am 25 Dec 08

I like the way you think 123qwe 🙂

123qwe 123qwe 9:48 pm 24 Dec 08

Couldn’t be f’ed reading the entire blog on this one, but how about imposing the same rules that applies to hoons who have been busted doing burnouts?

A simple (or not so) burn-out, witnessed by the cops, can mean immediate impounding of the vehicle for 3 months. No court straight away. Car gone, bye bye.

Why not the same with the vehicles of pickled idiots?

2nd time occurring, police can auction the vehicle, proceeds of crime? Gold!

staria staria 9:02 pm 24 Dec 08

While it would be great to have more options for a cheaper ride home (I think the night rider buses are a great idea), I think that people just have to be more accountable for their actions – both for your own actions, but also for the actions of your friends. People seem to be less and less willing to confront friends when they know that they are not ok to drive, or to even accept lifts with friends over the limit because it’s cheaper. What’s wrong with having a designated driver, sharing a taxi (not always possible I know) or, shock horror, having a night out that doesn’t involve getting blotto?

There is no excuse for drink driving EVER. If people want to drink that much, stay at home and do it, or save up enough cash to do it safely and make a ride home part of your going out budget.

Tooks Tooks 7:43 pm 24 Dec 08

harvyk1 said :

Tooks said :

ant said :

Granny said :

Harvyk1,

I haven’t seen any cops anywhere yet, catching speeders or drunks. I wonder where they can all be?

Just because you haven’t seen any, doesn’t mean they aren’t around 😉

Um, if you going to quote me, please actually quote something I say, the above quote was one writen by ant. I personally have seen coppers out and about, and doing RBT’s.

Yeah I realised I left your name in after I hit post. That’ll teach me for not previewing.

dexi dexi 6:51 pm 24 Dec 08

harvyk1 “The problem with drink driving is not that your no longer able to drive a car (Otherwise no drunk drivers would be getting home). It’s the fact that you will not be able to react quickly enough, or in the correct methods if something goes wrong.”

Typed like a true drunk. The fact is when you are drunk your an asshole. In a car you are a dangerous asshole. Driving down the road you are a lethal drunk dangerous asshole about to kill your mate or an innocent stranger. Most asshole’s I know couldn’t react to a corner in the road. Anything less and your a delusion asshole.

harvyk1 harvyk1 4:37 pm 24 Dec 08

If you actually read my comments, I said “It’s kinda like a more advanced version of the US’s sobriaty tests.”

I personally believe the US’s sobriaty tests are a joke. Good balance does not make a good driver. Having a fast reaction time however does (sometimes). My idea is that when the coppers pull you over, rather than blowing into a box, you are given a box with a few buttons, one of the buttons lights up and you have to press that button within a specific period of time, otherwise your reaction time is to slow, and thus when a roo, or a kid runs out onto the road, or when the car slams on it’s brakes, you can react quickly enough.

The problem with drink driving is not that your no longer able to drive a car (Otherwise no drunk drivers would be getting home). It’s the fact that you will not be able to react quickly enough, or in the correct methods if something goes wrong.

harvyk1 harvyk1 4:32 pm 24 Dec 08

Tooks said :

ant said :

Granny said :

Harvyk1,

I haven’t seen any cops anywhere yet, catching speeders or drunks. I wonder where they can all be?

Just because you haven’t seen any, doesn’t mean they aren’t around 😉

Um, if you going to quote me, please actually quote something I say, the above quote was one writen by ant. I personally have seen coppers out and about, and doing RBT’s.

Tooks Tooks 3:53 pm 24 Dec 08

ant said :

Granny said :

Harvyk1,

I haven’t seen any cops anywhere yet, catching speeders or drunks. I wonder where they can all be?

Just because you haven’t seen any, doesn’t mean they aren’t around 😉

ant ant 3:36 pm 24 Dec 08

Queanbo cops woudln’t do that, they’re very serious. So it’s odd I haven’t seen any. Maybe they’ve rented themselves out to the ACT.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 3:24 pm 24 Dec 08

I haven’t seen any cops anywhere yet, catching speeders or drunks. I wonder where they can all be?

Speeding dow the parkway doing 15okm.hr while drinking UDL’s is my guess!

ant ant 3:15 pm 24 Dec 08

Granny said :

Harvyk1, I couldn’t pass a US sobriety test sober! I can’t balance on one leg without falling over for instance. This doesn’t mean I can’t or shouldn’t drive.

And people who teach balance for a living can pass that test when they’re blotto. Bloke I taught with in Colorado never failed one, and he was permanently pickled (french-qualified and learned bad habits there).

I haven’t seen any cops anywhere yet, catching speeders or drunks. I wonder where they can all be?

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 1:36 pm 24 Dec 08

Danman said :

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And as fiona stated with teh non heated up alcoholic foods i.e. rum balls, trifles etc, Mrs Danman made a damn fine trifle on the weekend, which was mighty heavy on th ealcohol, or so it tasted.

How tofix drink driving… Punish it as a voilent crime, as it has th epotential to be…

God, that trifle must have been strong….

frontrow frontrow 12:59 pm 24 Dec 08

On a slightly tangential note, has anyone else wondered why a certain class of petrol head crimes – burnouts, street raqcing etc – can attract a penalty that includes vehicle confiscation, yet drink driving can not?

I have come to certain cynical conclusions based on the demographics of legislators and potential offenders. Does anyone have any non-cynical explanations?

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 11:35 am 24 Dec 08

I totally agree with you. I will say though, that the cameras on the parkway and Monaro Highway are totally useless. They slow drivers down for about 500mts (maximum) then they speed up again.

I had a thought on this last night Spidey – after hearing that 2 motorcyclists (hopefully the same 2 from a month or so ago who didn’t get caught), were caught doing 200 and something on the parkway.

While I’ve always questioned the use of cameras on the main parkways, I can only assume that it deters veichles using is as a race strip. Perhaps the cameras at least force them to wind down to the limit a couple of times, thus making it less possible to hit 200 km/h for the whole length of the road. Similar to how I’ve noticed several suburban straight streets having chicanes or speed bumps put in to deter the drag racing type behaviour.

Lord knows, when I was much younger I remember going down all these mentioned main roads well over 200km/h in a mates rotary. Had there been cameras, we would have been done. In fact, we more likely just would not have done it.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 11:29 am 24 Dec 08

You want a door to door service, expect to pay for it. Don’t like it,,f***ing walk !

Thanks for your input Devil…I do f**king walk, or catch a bus or just don’t go out – rather than pay ridiculously overpriced cab fares. Now, for your $9 an hour rant…

Danman Danman 9:05 am 24 Dec 08

Pasta with a white wine sauce would not have been a factor.
When you heat wine up, the alcohol evaporates and leaves flavour.
This would have been the case.

And as fiona stated with teh non heated up alcoholic foods i.e. rum balls, trifles etc, Mrs Danman made a damn fine trifle on the weekend, which was mighty heavy on th ealcohol, or so it tasted.

Funny thing was that only about a glass of marsala went into it.
Just because you can taste it in every mouthful does not indicate concentration of alcohol.

As for H1NGO, you are pretty much on theball as well.

I hate getting drunk in public, so its either at my house or a friends whose house I can sleep at….

That way you’re not paying for cab fares, cover charges, exorbitant fees for drinks, you dont have abusive knuckle draggers to deal with (Including door staff) and can have a safe and merry ole time, knowing that should you be in any danger you will be safe and looked after..

As for the drink driving, I am not so anal to not have ANY alcohol when planning to drive, but I too enjoy a beer or cab merlot with dinner too.

How tofix drink driving… Punish it as a voilent crime, as it has th epotential to be…

Fiona Fiona 8:14 am 24 Dec 08

Not really @ #80. Too many rum balls or trifle att Chrissy shouldn’t be an excuse for being over the limit..

farnarkler farnarkler 7:14 am 24 Dec 08

A 0.0% limit isn’t the answer. A friend of mine blew more than that after having pasta with a white wine sauce and a beer at a restaurant. He was so close to the limit, he was taken to Civic police station and put on the blue breathaliser. His reading was just under 0.05. There has to be some leeway given to people who have had cough mixture containing alcohol and those who have food which contains alcohol. Not a lot of leeway but some.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 7:01 am 24 Dec 08

There seems to be two distinct ideas being floated here.

One is to make it easy for people to get transport if they are going to drink, the other to punish those who exceed the limits.

Would it not be a good idea to do both?

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