40 drink-drivers caught in one week
Release Date: Thursday, August 09 2012, 12:36 PM
ACT Policing has warned that enforcement efforts to catch impaired road users will continue after 40 drink-drivers were apprehended over the past week (July 30 – August 5).
Twenty–eight of the 40 drink-drivers were caught over the weekend (August 3-5).
Of those apprehended, 22 were issued with Immediate Suspension Notices, while six were required by the conditions of their licences to have a zero Blood Alcohol Content (BAC).
Repeat offenders continue to be an issue on Canberra’s roads, with 11 of those apprehended having previous convictions for drink-driving.
In one high-level incident around midnight on Saturday (August 4), a 38-year-old Duffy woman driving a Holden Commodore was stopped by police on Brierly Street in Weston where she returned a positive result to a roadside screening test. She was taken to Woden Police Station where she recorded an Alcohol Content (AC) reading of 0.201. As a full licence-holder she was four times over the legal limit and her licence was suspended immediately. She will face the ACT Magistrates Court on September 26.
Traffic Operations Superintendent Kylie Flower said it was shameful that people continued to drink and drive, putting their lives and those of other road users at risk.
"These 40 drink-drivers have shown blatant disrespect for the law, for their own safety and for that of other road users," Superintendent Flower said.
“We will continue to conduct traffic stops and random breath tests around the clock on ACT roads so if you drink and drive, we will catch you and you will be charged.”