Campaigns and operations

Alcohol and Drug impaired driving

With summer now upon us, ACT Policing would like to remind Canberrans to enjoy the festive season responsibly.

Throughout December and January, the joint road safety campaign between ACT Policing and the Justice and Community Safety Directorate will focus on alcohol and drug impaired driving.

In 2017, ACT Policing charged 1029 people with drink driving and 472 with drug driving.

Police data shows the territory has already exceeded these marks in 2018.

Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, Acting Station Sergeant David Wills said he was disappointed to still see so many people arrested for impaired driving.

“The summer months bring a rise in parties, end of year celebrations and public holidays, but sadly we also see a rise in antisocial, illegal and potentially dangerous behaviour,” Acting Station Sergeant Wills said.

“Broadly, there are still far too many people being charged with drink and drug driving offences, which tells us people still aren’t getting the message when it comes to driving a vehicle while under the influence.

“If you drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs, you significantly increase the risk of causing a collision, potentially seriously injuring or killing yourself or someone else.

“Police members don’t want to be knocking on doors this Christmas having to tell people their loved one has died because they or someone else were driving under the influence.

“I would like to remind people to drink responsibly, and if you do drink, don’t drive. Plan your night out, and know how you are getting home safely.

“We want people to enjoy their summer and their festive season, but if you break the law, you will face the consequences.”

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

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