Police alarmed by drink driving over the past week

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ACT Policing has noticed an alarming spike in drink driving offences, after officers detected seven motorists driving at more than double the legal alcohol limit over the past week.

This includes a 36-year-old Hawker man who recorded a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.230, more than four times the legal limit, after he was involved in a two car collision in Weetangera on Thursday.

Other drivers detected over the legal limit in the ACT over the past week include:

  • A 45-year-old man detected with a BAC of 0.216 in Latham on Thursday night (2 July).
  • A 34-year-old Latham man received his fifth drink driving offense after recording a BAC of 0.180 on Saturday night (4 July).
  • A 33-year-old Lyons man returned a positive BAC sample of 0.122 in Cook on Thursday evening (2 July).
  • A 30-year-old man with a BAC of 0.116 in Charnwood on Sunday morning (5 July).
  • A 29-year-old Braddon man was breath tested after failing to stop for police in Aranda on Saturday night (4 July). He was stopped in O’Connor and returned a BAC of 0.108. He was arrested and charged with failure to stop and prescribed concentration of alcohol offences.
  • A 39-year-old woman was detected with a BAC of 0.104 in Aranda on Friday night (3 July).

Acting Officer in Charge, Road Policing, Detective Sergeant Ivan Naspe said such reckless driver behaviour had to stop.

“This is not a new message, everybody knows driving while intoxicated is dangerous and can have horrific consequences for the driver, passengers and anyone else unfortunate enough to encounter a drunk driver on the road,” Detective Sergeant Naspe said.

“For those who make the incredibly dumb decision to drink and drive, be prepared for the consequences, you will be caught. Roadside alcohol or drug testing can happen anywhere, any time on any road by police in marked and unmarked police vehicles.

“ACT Policing uses a targeted, intelligence led approach to deter, detect and remove impaired drivers off our roads.”

Drivers face heavy penalties for drink driving, all of the seven people detected will appear in court at a later date via summons.


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