Drink driving the new black?

johnboy 20 October 2008 53

The AFP have been alarmed by a surge in the numbers of drink drivers they’ve been picking up with some huge blood alcohol levels:

    “ACT Policing have received some concerning statistics in the past week with over 48 drunk-drivers detected.

    Of particular concern, seven of the 2,500 drivers tested during this period recorded readings over 0.150 grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, three times the legal limit.

    The latest incident was detected after a collision on Kingsford Smith Drive at 8am today (October 20) with one of the drivers, a 39-year-old Florey man, allegedly returning a reading of 0.237.

    The highest reading recorded was 0.252, or five times the legal limit, at 1.30am on Sunday morning (October 19) after police pulled over the 31-year-old Theodore man.

But they promise they’re on top of it.


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Tooks Tooks 9:08 am 10 Dec 08

Thumper said :

Only a theory at this stage. However, with some thought and fine tuning it’s possible that it could work.

It could possibly work. Perhaps use it for the low range offences. But police would still have to take the person into custody, watch over them for 20 mins, then put them on the breath analysis machine at the station.

Thumper Thumper 9:03 am 10 Dec 08

Only a theory at this stage. However, with some thought and fine tuning it’s possible that it could work.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 8:57 am 10 Dec 08

Thumper said :

Why not make a first DUI offence akin to a speeding ticket but with greater ramifications? For instance, if you blow over the limit, you get an on the spot fine of, say $1,000 and off you go.

frees up that wasted administrative time as well as the time it takes to process everything.

Second time offence, no excuses, don’t pass go…

Good idea in theory Thumper. But it would only work below a certain reading say .8 After all, what if your first offence was also reading of .2? Deserve automatic loss of license and a $1000 fine at least. I was rear ended by a bloke once that ended up loosing his licence for life and scored a $2000 fine. He also also lost his job as he hit me while driving a company car. AAMI apparenly don’t like their employees driving drunk!

When talkig about DUI I always recall that carload of clowns that driove to canberra from Syd. several years ago. One by one they were picked off by the police for drink driving over a period of hours. Hilarious!

Thumper Thumper 8:37 am 10 Dec 08

Why not make a first DUI offence akin to a speeding ticket but with greater ramifications? For instance, if you blow over the limit, you get an on the spot fine of, say $1,000 and off you go.

frees up that wasted administrative time as well as the time it takes to process everything.

Second time offence, no excuses, don’t pass go…

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 8:26 am 10 Dec 08

I agree with Tylers, and Peterh oin personal responsibility.
I’ve just got into making Home Brew and opening a home made coldie when you get home is priceless. It’s also cheap, costing about $30 for the equivelant of 4 Cases of stubbies. I simply invite friends over, put on some good music and sit on the deck out the back. Who needs to go out?

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 8:20 am 10 Dec 08

Handlebar said :

He’s not sure if he should get a lawyer or not.

From personal experience, unless he hit someone/something in his car or abused the poklice when he was caught, I’d suggest don’t get a laywer. You pay upwards of $1500 as you have to pay for their time for the whole day. As you have to sit through a whole host of hearings first (e.g. assault, attempted murder, dealing drugs, etc.. what fun) DUIs are typiclly dealth with last. Also while you have to pay for the day, the lawyer may have several other clients in court also on DUI all paying for his time for the whole day.

When I went to court I did some research and found the average fine for my level of reading (.062) was around $500. Simple math and common sense was don’t fork out for a laywer when you’ll only get a low level fine if you cop it sweet. That said, tell your friend to get some good reference if he can, wear a suit to court and be very humble and apologetic to teh Magistrate. It might also help if you’re mate also volunteered to to a drivers eduction course. I did all of this and walked out ashamed but free (no loss of points, no Fine and no loss of license).

FC FC 7:57 am 10 Dec 08

I was breath tested twice in one night on foreshore night.

Aeek Aeek 11:08 pm 09 Dec 08

I wasn’t impressed with the photo of in today’s CT of Saturday’s Commonwealth bridge operation, all over the bike lane. From experience, when a cyclist arrives, in the bike lane, the police are taken by surprise. Doesn’t create confidence.

toriness toriness 8:23 pm 09 Dec 08

and i base my comment not just on the doco i mention, i was just in UK last year.

toriness toriness 8:22 pm 09 Dec 08

dacquiri you clearly have not been to UK lately re your comment about anti-social alcohol driven behaviour – or even seen any docos? i shudder even thinking about some real footage in doco i saw recently about brit binge-drinking where a screeching drunken woman stepped off the curb protesting her drunken lout bf being arrested and she broke her own ankle because she couldn’t even walk properly.

Dacquiri Dacquiri 6:10 pm 09 Dec 08

More stories in the Can.Times this week about this. My sons (19 and 21) and their friends prefer to drink at a local bar (Pot Belly) — they claim that it does have the atmosphere of a British-style ‘local’, and they can walk home. I agree that more places like this would be good (during my 17 yrs in the UK, I did not witness anti-social, alcohol-driven behaviour at local pubs, but did see some in city-centre bars at closing time), but most Canberra suburbs wouldn’t exactly welcome licensed premises in the neighbourhood.

poptop poptop 10:14 am 31 Oct 08

There is.

sepi sepi 10:09 am 31 Oct 08

Why is there no low alcohol wine?

farnarkler farnarkler 10:04 am 31 Oct 08

Why not drink low alcohol beer?

peterh peterh 12:21 pm 22 Oct 08

tylersmayhem said :

isn’t it about time we looked at where and when we can buy our alcohol!!!!

Oh Jeebus, please no! Isn’t it about time we just look at personal decisions and responsibility?

nah, it isn’t the individual’s decision to drink, it is society’s. the shop / pub holds a gun to your head so you have no choice to buy or drink the grog…

please.

I don’t drink. my choice.

want to avoid being done DUI? don’t drink and drive.

couple of tradies i know wait till they get home for a coldie. or they get a different guy each day to be designated driver. for a tradie, lose your license, can’t work, can’t get paid.

or spend hours on buses or taxis. is that worth it?

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 11:11 am 22 Oct 08

isn’t it about time we looked at where and when we can buy our alcohol!!!!

Oh Jeebus, please no! Isn’t it about time we just look at personal decisions and responsibility?

rottweiler rottweiler 10:52 am 22 Oct 08

drink driving is on the rise but why ?????? my partner was recently done for low level drink driving after 2 beers at lunch then drove home his own stupidity he admits …but a valid comment he made was that he is a tradie and most tradies enjoy a beer or two too many but the problem is that he can buy beer wine sprints what ever he wants on his way to work at 7/8am in the morning isn’t it about time we looked at where and when we can buy our alcohol!!!!

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 3:48 pm 21 Oct 08

Very true, could have haunted you for the rest of your life! Did your insurance skyrocket? Having to write it on forms would be embarrassing I imagine. Lucky your 10 years has clocked up.

I think my parents were more embarrassed than me at the time. My insurance did not change, in fact it has never been required to report it to them. If I had been in an accident, they would have not insured me, the other party and would most likely wipe their hands of me for good.

Handlebar Handlebar 3:36 pm 21 Oct 08

Very true, could have haunted you for the rest of your life! Did your insurance skyrocket? Having to write it on forms would be embarrassing I imagine. Lucky your 10 years has clocked up.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 3:04 pm 21 Oct 08

@handlebar: yes I got a conviction, 6 months off the road and a fine. Just gone 10 years ago, so it’s a charge I can finally omit in applications, sec. clearances etc.

It was such a reckless and stupid thing to do. But at the time I seriously always drove out knowing full well I’d get plastered, then drive home! Bad bad bad! The fine I paid could have stumped up quite a few cab fares.

I still scares me when I think “what if I happened to run over someone that night, what if I ran down the policeman that pulled me over at the RBT and they died. I’d quite possibly still be behind bars!

I think I got off quite lightly when you consider those things.

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