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Police Wrap – 20 October

By johnboy - 20 October 2010 4

1. Ways to draw attention to oneself:

A 22-year-old man arrested after driving on the wrong side of the road in Dickson with his vehicle headlights off is one of 119 drivers who have returned positive breath-tests in the ACT over the past four weeks.

Police stopped the vehicle around 11pm on Monday night (October 18) after driving on the wrong side of Antill Street in Dickson. The man, whose student visa had expired and who possessed only a NSW learner driver’s licence, later returned a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.16, or eight times his permitted level. He will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on January 4.

Over the past month (Sept 18 – Oct 18), 119 drivers returned positive results to roadside screening tests for alcohol and were required to submit to a formal test.

Of particular concern to police is the high number of repeat drink drivers who were apprehended during the period. Of the 107 drivers who were either arrested, summonsed or charged with drink-driving during the period, 49 (45 per cent) had previous apprehensions for the same offence.

Of these, two drivers with seven previous drink-drive offences and one with six previous offences were apprehended by police. One of the seven-time offenders, a 58-year-old male detected in Wanniassa on October 7, had a high-range BAC of 0.251.

“All drink-drivers pose a safety issue on our roads but repeat offenders are perhaps the greatest menace of all. We’re very disappointed to find that we are apprehending more repeat offenders now than we have before,” Traffic Operations Supt Mark Colbran said.

“To be caught drink-driving multiple times is reprehensible behaviour. These are people who have a callous disregard for their own safety, and that of anyone else on the road.”

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Police Wrap – 20 October
pptvb 2:02 pm 21 Oct 10

harvyk1 said :

I’m not normally a big supporter of jail, except in cases like this… The public really does need protection from these people… caught 6 \ 7 times means that what ever punishment they got for last time didn’t work, and whilst I personally have no problem with these sorts of people removing themselves from the gene pool in a fast and firey way (it’s only a matter of time), I do feel sorry for the innocent ones they may take with them. Thus the need to protect society by placing these people in a place where they can not injury or kill anyone else.

+1… Exactly.

harvyk1 12:19 pm 21 Oct 10

I’m not normally a big supporter of jail, except in cases like this… The public really does need protection from these people… caught 6 \ 7 times means that what ever punishment they got for last time didn’t work, and whilst I personally have no problem with these sorts of people removing themselves from the gene pool in a fast and firey way (it’s only a matter of time), I do feel sorry for the innocent ones they may take with them. Thus the need to protect society by placing these people in a place where they can not injury or kill anyone else.

Genie 10:10 am 21 Oct 10

pptvb said :

“two drivers with seven previous drink-drive offences and one with six previous offences were apprehended by police.”
And how much more obvious does it have to become?
Current sentences are too light. Maybe these repeat offenders need help.
Bottom line is….. you can’t drink drive in gaol.

Sentences are way too light, although how pathetic is it that people attend court and get their licences revoked for drink driving, and then walk out a hop in their car and DRIVE PAST A POLICE STATION !?

Surely constant repeat offenders should be thrown in jail or have their cars crushed. Anythign to get them off the roads.

pptvb 7:58 am 21 Oct 10

“two drivers with seven previous drink-drive offences and one with six previous offences were apprehended by police.”
And how much more obvious does it have to become?
Current sentences are too light. Maybe these repeat offenders need help.
Bottom line is….. you can’t drink drive in gaol.

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