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Police Wrap – 23 May

By johnboy - 23 May 2009 10

1. Tuggy Thuggies getting braver:

    ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an attempted aggravated robbery on a 27-year-old man which occurred in Monash today (May 23).

    Around 2.30am police attended Kayser Place in response to a reported assault. Police spoke with the victim who said he had been walking home from PJ O’Reilly’s pub about 1.15am in the parkland between Kayser Place and Drakeford Drive when a white sedan stopped on Drakeford Drive. Two men exited the vehicle and started to walk in his direction. The victim began to run and the two men chased him. The victim fell to the ground and one of the offenders punch him a number of times and demanded his belongings. A resident of the street then arrived home and scared the offenders off. The offenders did not take anything from the victim.

    Investigations into the incident are continuing.

    Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen suspicious persons or activity in the Monash area overnight to contact Crime Stoppers

2. Is concern more serious than disappointment?

    ACT Policing conducted a high-visibility roadside breath-testing operation last night (Friday, June 22) as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce drink-driving in the Territory. The operation saw around 25 officers conducting an intensive high visibility breath-testing effort on major arterial roads, with Traffic Operations members supplemented by those from General Duties.

    Between 6pm and 3am, 1,770 motorists underwent roadside screening tests, with 12 returning positive results. The highest reading was 0.137 recorded on Parkes Way. This is almost three times the legal limit.

    One of the positive tests was returned by a taxi driver on Yarra Glenn, the driver was transporting five passengers when he was stopped. He returned a reading of 0.055. Taxi drivers are restricted to a blood alcohol limit of 0.02.

    In addition to the number of drink-drivers apprehended, 12 infringement notices were also issued for various offences including the driving of unregistered/uninsured vehicles, driving with a suspended licence and while not wearing a seatbelt. A further four drivers were issued with defect notices due to various faults identified on the vehicles.

    The head of Traffic Operations, Acting Superintendent Darryl Neit, said that police were concerned with the results of this high visibility breath-testing.

    “There has been a considerable amount of publicity over the last week on the prevalence of drink driving in Canberra, and the fact that we have apprehended a record number of drink drivers with six weeks still to go before the end of the financial year reporting period. Police have put out the consistent message that we will not tolerate drink-driving,” A/Supt Neit said.

    “Despite the fact that police advertised that we were going to have an intense high visibility campaign on Friday night, and despite the fact that we had a large number of police cars with flashing lights conducting these high visibility RBT operations, we still apprehended 12 drivers.” A/Supt Neit said.

    “Drink-driving remains one of the most significant factors contributing to death and trauma on our roads. Our statistics on fatal collisions show that every drink-driver we take off the road potentially saves a life in Canberra,” he said.

    This year’s results are the highest on record in the ACT. Since July 1 2008, 1,605 drivers have now been caught exceeded the alcohol limit. This compares with 1,584 drivers exceeding the alcohol limit during the full 2007-08 financial year reporting period.

    “This result reinforces our determination to continue to target this offence.” A/Supt Neit said.

If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

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Police Wrap – 23 May
farq 8:49 am 25 May 09

“Our statistics on fatal collisions show that every drink-driver we take off the road potentially saves a life in Canberra”

oh man what a load.

DJ 12:35 am 25 May 09

grump said :

“1,770 motorists underwent roadside screening tests, with 12 returning positive results”

12 out of 1770 is less than 0.7% – I think A/Supt Neit needs to get a grasp on reality – in many other areas a goal of achieving a fraction of 1% would be considered laughable – how many cars on the road vs how many tests vs the results. I reckon only 0.67% testing positive is a good result for our community – there will always be some who through ignorance or a don’t care attitude will still drink and drive. But overall I reckon this shows the message is getting through – or am I reading this wrong? A/Supt Neit runs the risk of being seen as a chicken little if he can’t actually celebrate the postive in these test results

What if you lost a family member to that 0.7%… and A/Supt Neit had to bring the news to your family and have you identify the deceased? Chicken Little… I think not.

farnarkler 10:06 pm 24 May 09

A few armed undercover cops should wander round as bait in Tuggeranong late at night.

Spideydog 8:06 pm 24 May 09

futto said :

Considering there had been some of those bashings and other petty stuff recently, i called up Tuggers police station. I had the number in my phone when we were robbed back in 03 so it wasn’t a problem. After about 10 rings a policeman answered and he asked me a few questions in a accusatory tone and then hung up, and I got the feeling that a patrol car wouldn’t have even done a drive by.

futto, The phone number you called in 03 will no longer go to the “Tuggers” station, That line will take you to the call centre.

ant, will you ever be happy ????

grump, yes the percentage is low, but one drink driver is one too many ….. besides, when you have seen as much death as A/Supt Neit has, you too would do as much as you could to try and irradicate it and somehow get the message through. Just a thought !!

grump 7:11 pm 24 May 09

“1,770 motorists underwent roadside screening tests, with 12 returning positive results”

12 out of 1770 is less than 0.7% – I think A/Supt Neit needs to get a grasp on reality – in many other areas a goal of achieving a fraction of 1% would be considered laughable – how many cars on the road vs how many tests vs the results. I reckon only 0.67% testing positive is a good result for our community – there will always be some who through ignorance or a don’t care attitude will still drink and drive. But overall I reckon this shows the message is getting through – or am I reading this wrong? A/Supt Neit runs the risk of being seen as a chicken little if he can’t actually celebrate the postive in these test results

TP 3000 1:21 am 24 May 09

futto said :

Should I have called crimestoppers instead?

I would of said a few choice words to the cop on the phone along the lines of “so you don’t give a …….. if someone gets bashed do you? I hope that the next attack time an innocent person is attacked that you never forget how you could of prevented it………..” & then called CrimeStoppers, but not mentioning that you had called the cops.

futto 10:51 pm 23 May 09

I live in Monash and i saw a car parked at the top of my street as i was coming home late (like 2 am) a few weeks ago. What was strange about it was that it wasn’t out the front of someone’s house, it was in a spot where there are no houses facing that way (just fences).

The guy was sitting the car, with the lights out, engine running…not close to anyones driveway (so i assumed he wasn’t dropping off or picking up).

I know it wasn’t illegal or anything…it just felt suss. It was the kind of spot where I would stop if my mates were robbing the house so they could run out the back and jump the fence.

Considering there had been some of those bashings and other petty stuff recently, i called up Tuggers police station. I had the number in my phone when we were robbed back in 03 so it wasn’t a problem. After about 10 rings a policeman answered and he asked me a few questions in a accusatory tone and then hung up, and I got the feeling that a patrol car wouldn’t have even done a drive by.

It kinds of shits me that they ask for people to call but considering my experience, it makes me wonder if they are only paying lip service and are not really serious . Should I have called crimestoppers instead?

ant 9:28 pm 23 May 09

They may well have publicised their drink driving campaign, but the drunks were too busy drinking to notice. I imagine SuperNeit will be concerned AND disappointed next.

Skidd Marx 3:34 pm 23 May 09

When are the police going to admit that there are serial assaulters in the Northern Tuggeranong region? They thought they had the case sewn up at the end of summer but there’s been a million identical incidents since then.

Since the Erindale cop shop shut it seems as though the area is a haven for white-baseball-cap-wearing thugs who like to beat people up before taking their precious mobile phones.

Ags 2:57 pm 23 May 09

ACT Policing conducted a high-visibility roadside breath-testing operation last night (Friday, June 22)

Last night?

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