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Drink driving the new black?

By 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 7:57 am 10 Dec 08

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

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 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 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 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 10:14 am 31 Oct 08

There is.

sepi 10:09 am 31 Oct 08

Why is there no low alcohol wine?

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