ACT Policing will summons an 18-year-old man to court after he was apprehended for drink-driving twice in the one morning (Saturday, June 2).
Around 4.25am the driver of a Nissan Pulsar was stopped in the city area for a routine traffic stop where he returned a positive reading to a roadside screening test. He was conveyed to City Police Station where he recorded an Alcohol Content (AC) of 0.135.
The man’s provisional licence was seized and he was issued with an immediate suspension notice. He was then released by police.
Just over an hour later, police were again patrolling the city area when they observed the same Nissan Pulsar travelling along Mort Street. Police stopped the vehicle and submitted the driver to another roadside screening test. He again returned a positive reading and was taken to the City police station where he recorded an AC of 0.123.
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He will face the ACT Magistrates Court on June 14 when he will be charged with driving without a licence, as well as the drink-driving offences.
In the past week, ACT Policing apprehended 23 motorists for drink-driving offences. Six of the 23 were repeat offenders.
Of particular concern to police was the high proportion of drink drivers apprehended – eight of the 23 – who have a 0.00 Alcohol Content restriction on their licences.
“It’s shameful that these drink-drivers have such disrespect for the law, for their own safety and for that of other road users”, Traffic Operations Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson said.