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Police Call For Blood Alcohol Limit In Victoria Reduced To Zero

Calls for the blood alcohol limit in Victoria to be reduced have gone a step further, with a senior policeman saying the limit should be zero.

“IF we’re serious about this we need to separate the behaviours of drinking and driving completely,” Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill said on Friday.

“If you’re planning to drink, plan not to drive.”

Under a 0.00 limit people would not be prosecuted until they reach 0.02 to acknowledge that some medications and sweets may contain alcohol, Mr Hill says.

Across the state, 25 per cent of road deaths are linked to drink driving.


Read more in The Australian.

Source: www.theaustralian.com.au

Alleged Drink Driver Crashes Into Victoria Police Van At Deer Park

An alleged drink driver has crashed his car into a police van in Melbourne’s west overnight.

The 23-year-old driver, who blew .056, crashed his Holden Commodore into a police van waiting to turn right into Fitzgerald Rd, Deer Park just after 7pm last night.

The Deer Park P-plater is expected to be charged on summons with careless driving, using a mobile phone while driving, drink driving and other traffic offences.

Read more in Herald Sun.

Source: www.heraldsun.com.au

Victorian Drink-Drug Drivers To Face Tough New Penalities

Drivers with drugs and alcohol in their system have until now been charged with either drink-driving or drug-driving, but not both.

Victorians caught driving with a potentially deadly mix of drugs and alcohol in their system will face fines of up to $41,000 and a minimum two-year licence cancellation.

In an Australian first, tough new laws to be introduced by the Andrews government on August 1 will create a separate offence for drink-drug driving.

Under the crackdown, Victoria Police will be able to impound the vehicles of first-time offenders who test positive for drugs and also have a blood alcohol concentration of .10 or higher. First offenders will also face a minimum 12-month licence suspension and fines of up to $4550.

Read more in SMH.


Source: www.smh.com.au

Victoria Police Minister Moves To Block Legal Challenges By Drunk, Drugged Drivers

Police Minister Wade Noonan has moved to block more than 1100 alcohol or drug affected drivers from mounting legal challenges to their penalties, after it was revealed that hundreds of police officers had performed the tests without authorisation. He said the retrospective legislation was a matter of last resort but had to be introduced as there was “a risk that legitimate prosecutions and infringements for drink and drug driving that rely on evidence obtained through these tests could fail on a technicality.”

Source: www.theage.com.au

Queensland Police Beer Goggles Put To the Test

You know that old Queensland Police Service advertising campaign, “drink drive and you’re a bloody idiot”? I could not agree more with that. Especially after I had a go at being drunk at the police station.

Caboolture Herald journalist Gen Hayward and I put on “beer goggles” at Caboolture Station and walked the line.

The goggles simulate vision and comprehension at an intoxication level of about 0.07 BAC, or about three drinks for someone about the same size as Gen and me.

Read more in The Australian.

Source: www.theaustralian.com.au

RBT Technology Can Detect Substances Containing Minute Amounts of Alcohol

Innocent motorists are being unfairly branded as drink drivers by roadside breathalysing technology so sophisticated it can detect alcohol even when a driver is sober. Hand sanitiser, perfume, aftershave, chewing gum, toothpaste, mouthwash and menthol cigarettes can all set off the handheld breathalysers used by police.

NSW Police altered their system of roadside breath testing in 2008 to allow more drivers to be tested. Motorists pulled over for an RBT are first asked to count to five or 10 in what is called a presumptive, or screening, test.

So will bathing yourself in hand sanitiser help you avoid a drink driving charge? Definitely not, says NSW Police Highway and Traffic boss Assistant Commissioner John Hartley.


Read more in Courier Mail.

Source: www.couriermail.com.au

Victorian Drink Drivers Who Blow Over .10 To Lose Cars Under New Penalties

Thousands of Victorians found boozed-up behind the wheel will have their cars impounded as police roll out harsh new drink-driving penalties.

An extra 67 drivers a week are ­expected to have their cars confiscated after police launch an unprecedented crackdown on first-time offenders who blow over .10.

Vehicles, even if not owned by the driver, will be impounded and drivers will have their licences cancelled for 10 months. Being caught will also be a hip-pocket hit with drunk drivers handed a $627 fine and any towing costs.

Read more in the Herald Sun.

Source: www.heraldsun.com.au

Jail For Driver Who Crashed Into Police Car While Drunk Four Times Over The Limit

A 24-year-old man has been jailed over a head-on crash with a police car at Golden Beach last year which cost his passenger an eye and put an officer off work for more than three months.

The Maroochydore District Court heard Dylan Jack McNeish was driving without his headlights on and there were signs his car had been doing burnouts before the cash on Westminster Ave on January 17, 2014.

His car was on the wrong side of the road when it crashed into a police car,  which had headed to the area after reports about the way the car was being driven.

McNeish recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.219% two hours after the crash.

Read more in Sunshine Coast Daily.

Source: www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au