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How drunk can you get while driving a bus?

johnboy 30 April 2009 49

One really wonders what sort of lifestyle choices lead to the behaviour described today by the police:

    A 54-year-old ACTION bus driver will be summonsed to court after he was identified allegedly driving a bus whilst twelve times over the legal limit this afternoon (April 30).

    ACT Policing officers were called to Kotara Crescent, Narrabundah about 3.00pm after receiving a request for assistance. Police located the bus on the side of the road and the driver was transported to the Woden Police Station, where he recorded an alcohol reading of 0.256, more than 12 times the legal limit for a bus driver in the ACT.

    He will be summonsed to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on July 16.

    No passengers were on the bus at the time of the incident.

Bear in mind that while TWELVE TIMES OVER THE LIMIT makes for a sensational headline the driver was *only* five times over the limit which applies to most drivers on the road.


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Pommy bastard 8:08 am 07 May 09

“How drunk can you get while driving a bus?”

Find me a bus and a crate of good Scotch and I’ll let you know.

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TP 3000 11:44 pm 06 May 09

I have been told that the driver who was drunk radioed ACTION & asked for them to send someone out as they were drunk. But ACTION sent the Police instead.

Also anyone that states that they were on this bus are not telling the truth, as this particular driver was not on a shift at the time & had taken the bus without any prior knowledge of ACTION. That is coming from within ACTION as well.

ahappychappy 10:52 pm 06 May 09

probs was Todd Carney. was the bus from goulburn? wait no he’s banned from there…
but this is pretty much his logical next step?

pepmeup 10:55 am 02 May 09

The reading could have been unfairly high if the driver had just had a drink, with the alcohole still in his breath! but really if he was drinking at all it is no good, what is wrong with people how did he think this was acceptable, or does that no matter. he should go to jail.

xyro 10:46 am 02 May 09

i drive about a thousand ks a week around Canberra….I thought all the bus drivers were pissed. I still can’t figure out that give way thing…..The picture on the sticker shows a bus with the right blinker on. The buses seem to lack a right blinker…or all the drivers are souped up….Speaking of which…time for a beer…lol – have a nice day everyone!!

rambler 7:32 pm 01 May 09

Where is that prized idiot Craig Duby nowadays? Surely not working for ACTION.

BerraBoy68 6:14 pm 01 May 09

I’ve a sneaking suspicion I know the driver in this case. If it’s not him then I know another driver that has driven buses drunk (on several occasions) i might add. Even though the bus was empty in this case the driver should be sacked (in addition to whatever he gets in court).

G-Fresh 4:51 pm 01 May 09

The_Baron said :

May I extend a personal thank you to neanderthalsis for providing the symptoms of a man between .21 and .29. I hear everyone’s rallying for him to beat .35 next time!

Word has it sportingbet has the shortest odds on a Sydney bussie getting the next .35 DUI reading at 100-1

The_Baron 4:35 pm 01 May 09

May I extend a personal thank you to neanderthalsis for providing the symptoms of a man between .21 and .29. I hear everyone’s rallying for him to beat .35 next time!

neanderthalsis said :

So he was arouind the .25 mark then?

That still means:
(likely signs at 0.21–0.29)

Stupor
Loss of Understanding
Impaired Sensations
Severe Motor Impairment
Loss of Consciousness
Memory Blackout

Mr Evil 3:01 pm 01 May 09

Rebos said :

Wasn’t John Hargreaves but Kate Carnell in drag. Except this time got too drunk to run away in time before the “old bill” showed up.

As if Kate Carnell would drink and drive! 😉

Blast Tyrant 2:57 pm 01 May 09

Apart from the fact that he has endangered many innocent lives, I admire this guys balls.

Rebos 2:39 pm 01 May 09

Wasn’t John Hargreaves but Kate Carnell in drag. Except this time got too drunk to run away in time before the “old bill” showed up.

G-Fresh 1:57 pm 01 May 09

Mr Evil said :

What I’d like to know is, what the hell was John Hargreaves doing driving an ACTION bus anyway????

Hitching a ride down to the new gaol. All part of “The New Regime” you see

frontrow 1:10 pm 01 May 09

Most people will be somewhere near .02 after a single standard drink so it seems a reasonable limit to imply no drinking at all. A strictly zero limit is too problematic beacause so many unexpected things can give you a small positive reading:

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,,24940627-2862,00.html

Mr Evil 1:10 pm 01 May 09

What I’d like to know is, what the hell was John Hargreaves doing driving an ACTION bus anyway????

Hercsie 1:03 pm 01 May 09

Not surprising really.

In the last 5 months I’ve seen ACTION drivers:

*wearing ipod earphones (drown out annoying sirens and complaining customers)
*speeding on Commonwealth Ave
*texting while carrying passengers on Mouat st towards Ginninderra drive
*running red lights

peterh 12:18 pm 01 May 09

johnboy said :

You want to bar them from using cough syrup?

plenty of non alcohol cough medicine out there, jb. benadryl for one.

TP 3000 11:58 am 01 May 09

G-Fresh said :

Yes but was the bus on schedule?

From what I’ve read he wasn’t even meant to on the road.

G-Fresh 10:15 am 01 May 09

Yes but was the bus on schedule?

johnboy 10:13 am 01 May 09

You want to bar them from using cough syrup?

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