600 drink drivers caught in six months
CANBERRA Police have caught 119 drink-drivers in June, the highest number detected over a month-long period this year, for a six-month total of 604 detections.
Throughout June, ACT Policing conducted 10,937 random roadside breath tests.
The highest reading last month was recorded on June 15 by a 51-year-old Watson man, who was stopped by police in Gungahlin after he was observed not wearing a seatbelt.
The man was taken to Gungahlin Police Station, where he returned a positive alcohol content reading of 0.331, more than six times the legal limit for a holder of a full driver’s licence.
The man’s vehicle had also been unregistered since March 2010.
He will be summonsed to face the ACT Magistrates Court in August, charged with drink-driving, and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.
Over the past six months, ACT Policing has conducted 42,955 random roadside breath tests, with 604 drivers returning a positive alcohol content.
Superintendent Kylie Flower of Traffic Operations says it is concerning people continue to drink and drive, despite police publically targeting the offence.
“It is alarming to police that more than 600 drivers have been caught drink-driving this year, with 119 of those caught over the past 30 days,” she says.
“We will continue to target drink driving this year, and, if you drink and drive, expect to get caught,” Superintendent Flower says.
ACT Policing will be targeting speeding motorists during July.