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.
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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.”
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