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Alcohol and Drug impaired driving

Police targeting impaired driving this festive season

ACT Policing is reminding drivers to have a plan and not drink and drive or drug drive this festive season.

Police will be targeting drivers during December and January as part of the joint road safety campaign with the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate.

Across the same period 12 months ago, police apprehended 205 people for drink driving, and a further 166 people for drug driving.

Yesterday about 12.55pm (Monday 9 December), ACT Policing responded to a report that a blue Toyota Corolla had been involved in a single-vehicle collision in Hingston Close, Bonython and took the driver into custody.

When the woman was subjected to a breath analysis, she returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.315, which is more than six times the legal limit, and given an Immediate Suspension Notice.

ACT Policing Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, Detective Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman said he found this case staggering.

“The legal alcohol limit for a full licence-holder is .05 and driving at that level of intoxication is very dangerous, to even think about getting behind the wheel when you’re more than six times that level, well, it beggars belief,” said Detective Station Sergeant Boorman.

“This driver crashed her car in someone else’s front yard, ten metres from the footpath, that’s bad, but it could have been even worse. The house is next-door to a primary school. Imagine what could have happened.”

“There’s no excuse. Don’t drink and drive.”

Detective Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman said police wanted to see people enjoy the festive period safely and responsibly.

“During the festive season, police don’t want to see anyone seriously injured or killed on our roads due to poor decision making at a Christmas party or get together,” Detective Station Sergeant Boorman said.

“If you drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you not only risk your life but the lives of other road users.

“Roadside alcohol and drug screenings can happen anywhere and at any time, and any vehicle could be an unmarked RBT vehicle.

“Our message to people is simple – if you plan to drink alcohol, don’t drive. 

“There are a range of alternative transport options you can use – public transport, taxis and ride sharing services, or organise a designated driver.”

This campaign forms part of the ACT Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 which prioritises a Vision Zero approach to road safety.