22 April 2019

Drug-driving P-plater and four drink-drivers caught on Canberra roads so far this Easter

| Glynis Quinlan
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Police are reminding Canberra drivers not to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs or “you will get caught”. Photo: ACT Policing.

Police have caught four people drink-driving on Canberra’s roads so far this Easter and a provisional driver speeding while under the influence of drugs.

ACT Policing has said that these drivers have put their lives and the lives of other road users at risk and police will continue to target drivers who disregard the well-known drink-driving and drug-driving laws.

Among the drivers caught under the influence of alcohol were four with blood alcohol levels more than twice the 0.05 legal limit.

Police said that these drivers, who will face court via summons, included:

  • a 45-year-old Evatt man who recorded 0.130
  • a 32-year-old Thai national who recorded 0.136
  • a 37-year-old Banks man who recorded 0.134
  • a 32-year-old Banks woman who recorded 0.113.

Police also detected a 31-year-old woman from NSW driving on a Provisional Licence doing 96 km/h in an 80 km/h zone during speed enforcement operations on the Kings Highway on Friday night (19 April).

Police said that the woman was subjected to roadside alcohol and drug tests and returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

She was arrested and has been bailed to appear in the ACT Magistrate’s Court for speeding and drug-driving offences at a later date.

ACT Policing Officer in Charge, Traffic Operations Acting Station Sergeant David Wills said such behaviour is deeply concerning.

“Driving intoxicated by drugs or alcohol is illegal and highly dangerous,” Acting Station Sergeant Wills said.

“It’s disappointing that these drivers have put their lives, and the lives of other road users, in danger by acting irresponsibly,” he said.

“The message is simple, and it isn’t new. Don’t drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Don’t speed. Police are targeting dangerous behaviour this Easter and if you do the wrong thing you will get caught.”

ACT Policing is reminding all road users that double demerit points apply to all speed-related offences until midnight Monday night.

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