Police disappointed in drink-drive numbers
Release Date: Wednesday, April 18 2012, 03:05 PM
ACT Policing apprehended 25 drink-drivers last week, with nine of those drivers holding provisional licences and one being a six-time previous drink-drive offender.
Fourteen drivers were issued with immediate suspension notices.
The six-time offender is a 59-year-old man from Ainslie, who was detected driving on Dickson Place, in Dickson. His reading was 0.153.
In one high-level drink-driving incident during the week, around 3am on Sunday, April 15, police saw a Volkswagen sedan on the incorrect side of the road along Forbes Street in Turner. When the officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the errant vehicle, the car was driven up and over the median strip before coming to a halt.
The 29-year-old woman was a Spanish national and returned an Alcohol Content (AC) reading of 0.199.
Superintendent Kylie Flower said that the consistent number of drink-driving offenders is a continual disappointment to police, as incidents such as the car being driven on the wrong side of the road could easily have resulted in a serious collision.
“The last thing our officers want to attend is a road fatality and these recent results could have easily ended that way. Canberrans need to make the choice to either drink or drive, and to plan ahead about how they intend to get home if they have been drinking,” Superintendent Flower said.