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Drink Driving the next thing to disappoint on

By johnboy - 1 March 2011 12

Police will be targeting drink-driving this month as a continuation of their zero tolerance traffic enforcement campaigns.

Traffic Operations Superintendent Mark Colbran said as part of our rolling program of campaigns targeting high risk behaviours on our roads, ACT Policing will intensively target drink drivers with a particular focus on repeat offenders.

Only last week (21 to 27 February) ACT Policing apprehended 21 motorists for drink driving of which ten (47.8%) had previously been apprehended for this offence.

“We are still seeing similar numbers each month of those who continue to drink and drive, and those who are repeat offenders. The message is not getting through. While we are seeing short term benefits during our targeted campaigns, what we really want is a long-term culture change,” Superintendent Colbran said.

“As a community we need to say that drink-driving is not acceptable, and we need to make sure this message gets out to the road users that are putting their lives and that of others in danger.”

February’s targeted speeding campaign resulted in 1207 traffic infringement notices for speeding. This compares to 740 traffic infringement notices issued by police in February 2010.

ACT Policing begin their month long campaign targeting drink-driving on March 1.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Drink Driving the next thing to disappoint on
LSWCHP 7:51 pm 02 Mar 11

p1 said :

Can the police use the RAPID system to only pull over and Bretho cars associated with people with prior offences? Cause that would definitely target repeat offenders.

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I reckon there’s merit in that. If someone’s been done for DUI ten times, like some of these mongrels, a bit of regular non-random testing is surely in order.

Of course, why they are still driving around instead of being in the slammer is another question that deserves answering.

p1 10:07 am 02 Mar 11

Can the police use the RAPID system to only pull over and Bretho cars associated with people with prior offences? Cause that would definitely target repeat offenders.

Tooks said :

How about a crackdown on insanely idiotic posts on the internet?

Hmm. Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

DarkLadyWolfMother 9:58 am 02 Mar 11

Tooks said :

How about a crackdown on insanely idiotic posts on the internet?

Then we’d only hear the crickets chirping.

Keijidosha 9:13 am 02 Mar 11

Someone call Joolia, get her to impose an “troll tax” and “idiot levy” on the internet. I hear she likes taxes.

colourful sydney rac 9:00 am 02 Mar 11

Tooks said :

Chaz said :

how about a crack down on home invasion or other crimes? maybe try arresting those punks who rob people in groups?

oh yeah, not enough revenue in those cases

How about a crackdown on insanely idiotic posts on the internet?

I for one would happily pay extra taxes to support such a crackdown.

Tooks 8:49 pm 01 Mar 11

Chaz said :

how about a crack down on home invasion or other crimes? maybe try arresting those punks who rob people in groups?

oh yeah, not enough revenue in those cases

How about a crackdown on insanely idiotic posts on the internet?

OpenYourMind 7:46 pm 01 Mar 11

Chaz, I don’t think it’s about revenue. Home invasions and burglary are a big deal and also need police and court action, but one stupid drunk driver can wipe out a whole family.
The big problem is that the worst problems seem to be the repeat offenders. Why not crush repeat offender’s cars? Or at least impound them long term.
I’ve heard people say that’s not fair because it could punishes a whole family because of one person’s drinking problem. Well, I say, the repeat drink driver is doing the punishing. Better impounded than written off and the drinker serving jail time for culpable driving.

Chaz 6:14 pm 01 Mar 11

how about a crack down on home invasion or other crimes? maybe try arresting those punks who rob people in groups?

oh yeah, not enough revenue in those cases

m_ratt 5:22 pm 01 Mar 11

Not quite sure how they will ‘intensively target drink drivers’ and ‘particularly focus on repeat offenders’. Follow drunks out of pubs to their cars and test them immediately? Likewise for repeat offenders – follow them around and regularly breath test them?

Otherwise it’s all just random testing isn’t it? Nothing targetted or focussed, except for what happens after excess alcohol has been detected.

So maybe they’re targetting drink driving in particular as opposed to other vehicular offences.

Rawhide Kid Part3 4:54 pm 01 Mar 11

Like I keep saying. Take their vehicles away from them .

KateKarnell 4:31 pm 01 Mar 11

ECDD

The Hoff 4:30 pm 01 Mar 11

I’m glad. It’s the innocent victims of tragedies caused by the drunk drivers that i feel sorry for.

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