14 November 2023

'Make smart choices': Police urge caution on Canberra roads with summer celebrations already underway

| Claire Fenwicke
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It’s believed alcohol and speed caused a single-vehicle crash in Kambah. Photo: ACT Policing.

An alleged combination of alcohol and speeding was all it took for this vehicle to smash into a tree.

ACT Policing has urged all drivers to “make smart choices” and take responsibility for their actions as summer celebrations and Christmas parties start to make their way into our calendars.

Officer in Charge of ACT Road Policing, Acting Inspector Mark Richardson, said while he wanted everyone to have an enjoyable summer season, police wanted to make sure it was also a safe one.

“The summer months see an increase in parties and end-of-year celebrations, which tends to come hand in hand with an increase in impaired driving on our roads,” he said.

“If you drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs, you significantly increase the risk of causing a collision, putting both yourself and other road users in danger.”

Drivers have been urged to have a plan B if drinking and consider the impact their decisions could have not just on themselves but on loved ones and other road users who just want to get home safely.

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The plea has been issued in response to an incident in Kambah on Thursday (9 November) when a Skoda Kodiaq station wagon failed to negotiate a T-intersection before mounting the kerb and striking a tree.

The 33-year-old male driver was breath tested at the scene, which police said returned a breath analysis reading of 0.125 – about 2.5 times the legal limit.

While the driver was not injured in the collision, the vehicle suffered significant damage.

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The 33-year-old driver has been charged. Photo: ACT Policing.

He was issued with an Immediate Suspension Notice, suspending his right to drive for 90 days, and he was also charged with drink driving and reckless driving.

He is scheduled to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court in March 2024.

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