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Recidivist drink drivers

By johnboy - 22 March 2011 39

More than a third of people caught drink driving in the past week were repeat offenders; with thirty one people caught in total. Twelve people were caught on Friday (March 18) alone.

A 28-year-old man recorded 0.297, the highest recording for the week. The man is restricted to a 0.00 limit.

A 25-year-old man, on a 0.05 licence, recorded the next highest reading with 0.231; while a 22-year-old female 0.05 licence holder recorded 0.200.

With the ACT road toll at four, Superintendent Mark Colbran is urging the community to support the police message that drinking and driving is unacceptable.

“The fact that we continue to catch repeat offenders tells us those who think it’s ok to drink and drive are just not getting the message.

“I urge anyone who knows someone who drinks and drive to make a stand. Tell them that their actions are unacceptable. Notify the police. We will not tolerate the lives of our friends and family being put in danger,” he said.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Recidivist drink drivers
pptvb 8:56 pm 22 Mar 11

Make them do community service caring for an incapacitated road accident victim for a week.
Having to wipe a 30yr olds bum might get them to see reality.
Oh, and crush their car.

eily 8:19 pm 22 Mar 11

But how many were caught over (just) the following morning after doing the right thing the night before, thinking themselves fine to drive after a good nights sleep?

screaming banshee 8:18 pm 22 Mar 11

Let them keep their car, but take their liver. Hell, give them a gift voucher for the bottleshop in exchange for it.

Spideydog 8:09 pm 22 Mar 11

Davo111 said :

Having said that. If you knowingly loan your car to a driver who has no license, then you’re asking for trouble.

Its actually illegal.

eily 7:52 pm 22 Mar 11

And how many were repectable people, caught the next morning over (just) the limit after doing the right thing the night before and not driving but thought themselves right to drive after a good nights sleep?

Jethro 7:48 pm 22 Mar 11

These repeat offenders clearly have drinking problems. So my question is, is there any sort of substance abuse programmes they could be forced to undergo? Is that already happening?

The current approach to drink driving is obviously not working. People have mentioned confiscation of cars. It is an option. There have to be others (breathalyser locks have been mentioned).

Whatever the solution is, drink driving (particularly recidivist drink driving) needs to be dealt with way more harshly than it is.

georgesgenitals 7:27 pm 22 Mar 11

OpenYourMind said :

can someone make one valid argument against taking the cars from repeat offenders.

It doesn’t stop them from driving.

shadow boxer 7:10 pm 22 Mar 11

OpenYourMind said :

can someone make one valid argument against taking the cars from repeat offenders.

It’s inequitable ie penalizes the poor more than the rich, it may be the wiifes car should I go on

Davo111 6:57 pm 22 Mar 11

OpenYourMind said :

can someone make one valid argument against taking the cars from repeat offenders.

Its the same argument as hoon car confiscation – if the car doesn’t belong to the driver its not fair on the owner.

http://www.caradvice.com.au/91493/lamborghini-gallardo-mechanic-denies-160kmh-road-test-allegation/

Having said that. If you knowingly loan your car to a driver who has no license, then you’re asking for trouble.

Rawhide Kid Part3 6:35 pm 22 Mar 11

Take their cars, take their cars, take their cars…………..

OpenYourMind 5:20 pm 22 Mar 11

can someone make one valid argument against taking the cars from repeat offenders.

Keijidosha 4:05 pm 22 Mar 11

“A 28-year-old man recorded 0.297, the highest recording for the week. The man is restricted to a 0.00 limit.”

Clearly to set that high score he was not “restricted” by anything, or anyone.

“A 25-year-old man, on a 0.05 licence, recorded the next highest reading with 0.231”

This was the same jerk who managed to smash into an occupied stationary vehicle while travelling faster than the speed limit. In this case I think the outcome of his actions are more important than reporting the figure.

Thumper 3:44 pm 22 Mar 11

0.297?

I wouldn’t be able to find my car let alone walk to it.

Go to jail, do not pass go.

EvanJames 3:24 pm 22 Mar 11

0.297… good lord. They probably noticed him by the trail of vomit he was issuing from the driver’s side window.

colourful sydney rac 2:34 pm 22 Mar 11

I am not normally a subscriber to the ‘take their cars away’ point of view, but, I really don’t know what else you do with these recidivists. If you don’t get the message after being caught once, what will make you learn?

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