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Four times in three weeks; WTF?

By deezagood 12 June 2009 42

I have been randomly breath tested four (yes, four) times in the past three weeks.

While this in itself does not warrant comment, the fact that I had never once been RBT’d in the previous five years of living in Canberra makes this sudden flurry of breath testing quite interesting.

The other intriguing aspect is that three of the four occasions have occurred prior to 1030am on weekdays. 

Whilst I applaud the increased police vigour, I must question the rationale behind morning tests (surely people are more likely to drink and drive of an evening or at very least after lunchtime?). 

Has anybody else noticed this sudden increase in RBT activity? Are there end-of-year testing quotas that need to be met?

What’s Your opinion?


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deezagood 12:30 pm 13 Jun 09

GnT said :

My theory is that police have quota to fill for number of people tested, not number of people caught. Each person they catch over the limit adds time and work. So on a weekday morning they can get through their quota relatively quickly, but on a weekend evening they have to waste time actually processing drunk drivers.

Call me a cynic …

I was actually thinking the same thing; until all of these Rioters convinced me that there are apparently lots of people that drive around drunk during weekday mornings!

ant 11:41 am 13 Jun 09

Well, it’s not surprising as in recent months, the police have expressed Disappointment at the numbers of people they’re catching over teh limit. So it figures that they are off to catch more of them. I still haven’t seen any but doubtless shall.

Qbn police used to set up next to the red rooter a lot but haven’t in years, not sure where they’ve moved to. I know the Bung Cop is quite active as in his column in the local he reports on those he’s caught (he is Disappointed, too).

You often see police out on Dairy Flat Rd (both sides) with a hairdryer, but they only spend a short time there. Quite effective, I’m sure they get a lot of people. If they set up at the 60 zone outside the airport, they’d clean up!

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