- ACT Policing’s head of Traffic Operations, Acting Superintendent Daryl Neit, has expressed his disappointment and concern over some Canberra motorists failing to heed the warnings about drink-driving.
His comments came after the release of drink-driving statistics for the first quarter of 2009, which showed that 400 drivers tested positive for alcohol in the ACT.
This is only a slight improvement over the same three-month period in 2008, in which 424 drivers tested positive.
A/Supt Neit said the frustration for police was that a small proportion of Canberra’s motorists appeared willing to risk drink-driving in the full knowledge that the decision could result in themselves or others being killed or maimed on the roads.
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“In the ACT, around one in every 40 drivers screened with a roadside breath-test results in a positive test for alcohol,” a/Supt Neit said.
“That’s simply not acceptable. So the challenge for police and the community is to make drink-driving a repugnant practice; as if the drink-driver was armed and intent on doing harm to others.
“Only through making drink-driving reviled by everyone in the community are we likely to see a major reduction in road trauma related to drink-driving.”
A/Supt Neit’s warning comes a week before the busy Easter holiday travel period, when double demerit points will be applied to all speeding and seat belt offences.