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Drink driving to further fund the Canberra Times?

By johnboy 20 May 2009 27

The ABC has the happy news that Jon Stanhope is thinking about ways to turn the rising drink driving arrest rate into another Government advertising opportunity:

    Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says he is considering publishing the names of drink drivers on a government website or in a Canberra Times advertisement.

But why stop with drink drivers? I’d love to see courts in the ACT publishing more information (and in a more timely manner) on all their deliberations.

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UPDATED: The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson appears to have become over-excited by this and has put out an error riddled media release which does, however, bring up the elephant in the room:

    “Mr Stanhope should also consider the message that he is sending to the community on DUI while one of his Ministers, Mr Hargreaves, retains a prominent position in his Labor Government,”

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hetzjagd1 12:21 am 21 May 09

bigred said :

Want to drink and drive? Go down to to the local liquor, buy your drink of choice and go home and drink it. When you run out repeat the previous step as often as you like after all its safer sitting in your car then walking. Chances of being caught equal to nearly zero unless you run into something or someone.

True but dangerous none the less

TP 3000 11:16 pm 20 May 09

monomania said :

TP3000, if you want to live in a totalitarian society go and find one. Don’t you and your ilk try and turn ours into one.

I don’t see how my comment would lead to that sort of society? Unless you are talking about the Civil Libertarian bit, in my mind they go too far. The Liberals bitch & moan about the Government, the public bitch & moan about politics & everything else. But Civil Libertarians go too far in their bitching & moaning

bd84 10:15 pm 20 May 09

I remember the notices in the CT back in the day, I didn’t realise it stopped so long ago though. Same as they used to have “neighbourhood watch” stories of crimes such as house burglarly and assault in the Chronicle which asked for any information. Now you wouldn’t know a thing about it.

ant 10:08 pm 20 May 09

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster said :

The Canberra Times used to publish the full names and addresses of all those charged with drink driving every day – it was the most keenly read part of the paper.

… and it was known as the Social Pages. But I reckon thiefs and mad crashers and bashers etc should also be pilloried.

bigred 9:43 pm 20 May 09

Very little by way of random testing going on here. From what I hear they rock up in a car park near a drinking venue and test people on their way out. So they deal with drink drivers in the major centres. Want to drink and drive? Go down to to the local liquor, buy your drink of choice and go home and drink it. When you run out repeat the previous step as often as you like after all its safer sitting in your car then walking. Chances of being caught equal to nearly zero unless you run into something or someone.

farnarkler 9:24 pm 20 May 09

Re #13 any reason why the editor stopped naming those caught?

caf 3:32 pm 20 May 09

vandam: Sure, and as I said in my original comment (on the other thread), it’s a big worry that approximately 1 in 50 drivers that I share the road with are on the turps. I’m just responding to the comment in the article about the “rising drink driving arrest rate“, when the evidence says the rate is staying constant (which is bad enough).

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