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Zero alcohol limits imperfectly understood

By johnboy - 19 July 2011 32

One third of the 24 drink-drivers apprehended by ACT Policing over the weekend (July 15-17) were those required to comply with a zero blood alcohol level.

Among the eight apprehended with this restriction was a 30-year-old man from Fisher, who was stopped by police on Streeton Drive, Stirling around 9.30pm on Saturday night (July 16). He was found to be driving whilst disqualified and when breath-tested by police, produced a reading of 0.206.

A total of 30 drivers were apprehended for drink-driving in the ACT for the week ending July 18, with 0.206 as the highest reading recorded.

Nine of the 30 had previous convictions for drink-driving.

One of the drivers with multiple previous drink-driving convictions was a 47-year-old man from Bruce, who was apprehended after his vehicle struck a light pole in Belconnen on Wednesday evening (July 13). The driver, who has seven previous convictions for drink-driving, refused to provide a breath sample to police and was issued with an immediate licence suspension notice, effective for 90 days. He was taken into custody and later bailed to face the ACT Magistrates Court on August 5.

The Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, Sergeant Jeff Knight, said it was of concern to police that so many drivers continued to drink and drive.

“It is completely unacceptable that these drivers should endanger the lives of others by flouting the law,” Sergeant Knight said. “Drink-driving is a killer on our roads and affects the entire community. For so many people to drink-drive, and a third of them found to be repeat offenders, should infuriate all other responsible road users.”

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Zero alcohol limits imperfectly understood
The Frots 9:14 am 20 Jul 11

Special G said :

Time to start lobbying government to change the legislation to allow Police to confiscate cars for repeat DUI offences. Write letters to your local member.

Special G said :

Time to start lobbying government to change the legislation to allow Police to confiscate cars for repeat DUI offences. Write letters to your local member.

I would – but I think he’s been caught drink driving previously as well!

Special G 8:10 am 20 Jul 11

Time to start lobbying government to change the legislation to allow Police to confiscate cars for repeat DUI offences. Write letters to your local member.

vg 6:35 am 20 Jul 11

“I thought drink driving was a serious offence?”

It is but like most offences in this town you have to get a memer of the judiciary to take it seriously…..even while they’re not committing the offence themselves

KeenGolfer 5:51 am 20 Jul 11

Mysteryman said :

So the police are allowed to immediately confiscate and impound a car (3 months for the first offence, permanently for the second) for street racing.

It’s a maximum of 28 days for the first offence. It’s in the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999.

I personally tend to agree with you re seizing vehicles for PCA for repeat offenders and/or those over a certain reading. The issue there might be there would be so many cars sezied the AFP would spend so much time and resources that it might not be practicable to do so.

Mysteryman 11:55 pm 19 Jul 11

So the police are allowed to immediately confiscate and impound a car (3 months for the first offence, permanently for the second) for street racing, but they can’t do the same for someone with multiple previous drink driving charges who blows over the legal limit, or is driving while disqualified? That doesn’t make sense to me.

Jethro 9:21 pm 19 Jul 11

And remember… that’s 7 times caught drink driving….. I’ve been RBT’d once inn Canberra in three years. I drive (on average) probably about 3 times per day. It boggles the mind to think about how often someone like this would be drinking and driving.

Henry82 8:59 pm 19 Jul 11

having a BAC of 0.206 isnt accidental.

I like the idea of car confiscation. or a large chain locked around ankle in garima place for a few days

Classified 8:55 pm 19 Jul 11

Clearly the courts are not levying penalties sufficient to stop these people offending.

LSWCHP 8:48 pm 19 Jul 11

Yep. I’m infuriated What what should I do with my fury then? How do members of the community demonstrate our frustration with this crap by recidivist drunks?

screaming banshee 8:13 pm 19 Jul 11

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

Like I keep saying. Take their cars off them………..

Take their liver off them……

OpenYourMind 7:56 pm 19 Jul 11

Yep, agree, as with previous discussions, take their cars off them.
And don’t start with that crap about the impact on their families if you take the car. How much more of an impact is it than running that same car into a tree…or worse still taking out a bunch of other people??
Give me one good reason why it’s ok to seize a hoon’s car for burnouts but not a repeat drink driver’s?

Thumper 7:08 pm 19 Jul 11

The driver, who has seven previous convictions for drink-driving, refused to provide a breath sample to police and was issued with an immediate licence suspension notice, effective for 90 days.

I thought drink driving was a serious offence?

Obviously not that serious if you have seven previous convictions.

Now I’m not one for the three strike rule. However….

Once can be a mistake. Serious talking to, a fine and if I ever see you again you’re in trouble sunshine.

Twice, you’ve had a warning and you’re an idiot. Extremely large fine and loss of licence for a substantial period of time plus a godd beahviour bond and a promise that if you stuff up again you will go to jail.

Three times and it’s jail. No ifs, no buts. Jail. Goodnight Irene.

The Frots 7:05 pm 19 Jul 11

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

Like I keep saying. Take their cars off them………..

I have to agree with the Kid – take the damn cars from them and lets see what they do then!

Rawhide Kid Part3 6:33 pm 19 Jul 11

Like I keep saying. Take their cars off them………..

what_the 6:26 pm 19 Jul 11

Well what do they expect, they keep giving this dickhead his license back! 7 times???? Like seriously, how many DUIs to you need before you shuold be banned for life. Must give the cops the shits having to deal with this idiot so many times.

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