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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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Four times in three weeks; WTF?
Jivrashia 11:19 am 12 Jun 09

mooo_cow wrote:

mooo_cow said :

Thou a lot of people that belive they they are save drining after a couple at those times are now getting caught.

Are you under the afluence of incohol?

Ian 11:17 am 12 Jun 09

Don’t worry too much, after getting tested 3 times in about a month, I don’t think I’ve been tested here in Canberra for about 10 years.

caf 11:14 am 12 Jun 09

Skidbladnir: Actually, assuming every driver is equally likely to be the one tested by each test, the probability of getting tested in a year is only 32%. Stats and probability is tricky…

jakez 10:43 am 12 Jun 09

I’d say it would be a mix of Skid’s comments and Danman’s comments. Alot of people don’t realise that they can still be over the limit the morning after.

peterh said :

good to see that there are coppers out there looking for the asinine idiots who persist in driving under the influence. four times in 3 weeks? that is great.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost-benefit_analysis

mooo_cow 10:30 am 12 Jun 09

People tend to belive that they are fine if they drive at certain times of the day, ie 5am or 10am the next morning, what I belive the Poilce may be doing is hitting the times that normally are not covered becase they are considered low risk times. Thou a lot of people that belive they they are save drining after a couple at those times are now getting caught.

peterh 10:27 am 12 Jun 09

good to see that there are coppers out there looking for the asinine idiots who persist in driving under the influence. four times in 3 weeks? that is great.

bren 10:24 am 12 Jun 09

Maybe there’s a new batch of recruits… they tend to do heaps of RBT practice during the day

G-Fresh 10:16 am 12 Jun 09

I was on my first at 10am on Sunday celebrating the Socceroos successful entry into the world cup. Legless by 1pm..

As such, based on a sample of one person, any driving that day would have been illegal.

Danman 10:15 am 12 Jun 09

or time/day for that matter

Danman 10:14 am 12 Jun 09

The random in RBT refers to the selection of the vehicles on approact to the location – not the actual location itself.

Pseudo Nym 10:13 am 12 Jun 09

Long weekend.
People still pissed and driving home.

Yep. it happens.

Jivrashia 10:03 am 12 Jun 09

Hair of the dog is becoming popular again? Beer on cereal?

Skidbladnir 9:59 am 12 Jun 09

ACT Policing make ~100,000 breath tests each financial year on behalf of the ACT.
(The last report I can find is for FY 2006-2007: 100883 breath tests)
There were estimates of 210,000 registered cars in the ACT for that same period.
Assuming the sampling rate remains the same, you have a 50% change of being RBT-ed in the ACT any given year.

But I believe that the RBT programs aren’t purely random across geography\timeframe, (Why put an RBT unit out in the forests of Namadgi National Park at 3am on a Sunday?), so you may just be part of a set that they were using as a sample.

1030hrs weekdays in commercial\governmental areas seems more like a method of smoothing out a population to arrive at something closer to a national average, while still picking up a smallish number of people still recovering from the night before.
If previous campaigns have been too successful and no ‘smoothing’ occurs, when it comes time for national reporting it makes the ACT look like a population of drink-driving fools, instead of merely being led by drink-driving fools.

Jim Jones 9:48 am 12 Jun 09

It’s cold, a whisky breakfast is the only thing getting me out of bed in the mornings these days.

Danman 9:44 am 12 Jun 09

Why do people assume that no one “sleeps off” a boozy night only to drive th enext morning whilst still over the legal limit.

Drink driving occurs around the clock – just because its 12 hours after your last drink does not mean you are sober.

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