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Still over the morning after

By johnboy - 19 December 2012 9

ACT Policing is urging Canberra drivers to think twice before drink-driving this holiday season, especially the morning after drinking.

This warning comes after police caught a 24-year-old Hawker man drink-driving at 9.40am on Friday (December 14). The man was detected speeding at 68km/h in the 40km/h zone along Barry Drive in Turner and returned a positive roadside screening test. He was taken to City Police Station, where he returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.104.

Police have apprehended 42 drink-drivers so far this month (December 1-16), and have also detected three drivers under the influence of an illicit drug.

Last weekend (14-16 December), 20 people were caught drink-driving by police, with eight of those apprehended being special or provisional licence holders, which restricts their blood alcohol limit to zero.

The dangers associated with drink-driving were clearly demonstrated early Saturday morning (December 15), when a 20-year-old man crashed his Holden utility into a house in Harrison, causing approximately $60,000 damage. No-one was injured as a result of the collision.

The 20-year-old driver, who was a provisional licence holder, returned a positive roadside screening test and was taken to Gungahlin Police Station, where he returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.092.

He was charged with drink-driving, driving whilst suspended, using an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and not displaying P-plates. He will be summonsed to face the ACT Magistrates Court on 6 February 2013.

Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson said removing impaired drivers from ACT roads continues to be a focus for police this month, particularly this weekend in the lead-up to Christmas.

“As there are a lot of Christmas parties planned and people out celebrating this time of year, we are reminding motorists not just about planning how to get home after the party, but to think before driving the morning after drinking.”

“We will be out in force conducting random breath testing at all hours. If you think you may still be over the limit the morning after, don’t drive as you will be caught by police.”

If you are aware of anyone who may be driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, contact ACT Policing Operations on 131 444.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Still over the morning after
Deref 9:00 am 20 Dec 12

DrKoresh said :

Pork Hunt said :

So hitting the house is a freebie? No charge of malicious damage etc?

Well it wasn’t done maliciously so… no?

I dunno. I’d say that driving with a BAR of .092 was pretty malicious.

DrKoresh 12:57 am 20 Dec 12

Pork Hunt said :

So hitting the house is a freebie? No charge of malicious damage etc?

Well it wasn’t done maliciously so… no?

bikhet 8:29 pm 19 Dec 12

Alderney said :

Hope the home owner was insured. Going be tough getting the repairs done at $50 a week.

Confiscate and sell his mags – they might be worth $50 the set so there’s one week’s payment. The rest of the car, well….

Pork Hunt 4:36 pm 19 Dec 12

So hitting the house is a freebie? No charge of malicious damage etc?

Zeital 2:56 pm 19 Dec 12

He was taken to City Police Station, where he returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.104.

is it sad that i read blood alcohol reading as BAR??

Alderney 2:48 pm 19 Dec 12

p1 said :

…. crashed his Holden utility into a house in Harrison, causing approximately $60,000 damage.

Gonna be paying that one off for a while…

It’s an expensive mistake to learn.

Hope the home owner was insured. Going be tough getting the repairs done at $50 a week.

Then a gain the lad will just declare himself bankrupt and leave the home owner swinging in the breeze. Gotta be something wrong with that scenario.

neanderthalsis 2:46 pm 19 Dec 12

p1 said :

…. crashed his Holden utility into a house in Harrison, causing approximately $60,000 damage.

Gonna be paying that one off for a while…

He doesn’t sound like the type who is concerned with court rulings and paying his bills.

Flyinghurts 2:19 pm 19 Dec 12

p1 said :

…. crashed his Holden utility into a house in Harrison, causing approximately $60,000 damage.

Gonna be paying that one off for a while…

Canberra Times has a nice picture of his acheivement

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/dont-risk-this-by-drink-driving-20yo-crashes-ute-into-home-20121219-2bmih.html

p1 1:21 pm 19 Dec 12

…. crashed his Holden utility into a house in Harrison, causing approximately $60,000 damage.

Gonna be paying that one off for a while…

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