Police warn about drunk driving, but not everyone gets the message

Police warn about drunk driving, but not everyone gets the message

As a long weekend begins in a number of states, drivers are asked to think about their actions before beginning their journey.

Police authorities across Australia are urging drivers to think before they get behind the wheel. after a spate of drunk drivers caught on our roads.

This week a 60-year-old grandmother saw her car crash in front of police in south-east Melbourne after deciding to buy her grandson a McDonald’s sundae while being almost five times over the limit, Victoria Police claims.

Meanwhile, officers from the Dandenong Highway Patrol were driving past an unregistered car on Princes Highway when a young woman told them her car had been hit and expressed concern about the condition of the other driver.

While noting details, a two-car collision occurred nearby, with the young woman confirming it was the same vehicle involved in her incident.

Grandmother’s damaged Holden Astra was impounded and the woman lost her driver’s license for 12 months after allegedly blowing up a .249.

About 24 hours earlier, another driver in north Melbourne was allegedly spotted with a blood alcohol count of 0.254 – more than five times the legal limit.

Concerned citizens contacted police about a squirming vehicle on the Princes Freeway, eventually forcing the driver to stop at Kororoit Creek Road in Laverton North and confiscating the man’s keys while they waited for police to arrive.

The 48-year-old disqualified driver – whose Toyota Corolla was impounded – is expected to face drunk driving and other traffic offences.

“Driving and driving continues to be a major contributor to accidents, deaths and serious injuries on our roads,” said Glenn Weir, Deputy Commissioner for Victoria Roads Police Journey.

“We’re seeing some totally unacceptable incidents of drivers making stupid decisions to drive when they shouldn’t.”

A 36-year-old woman is also charged with drunk driving this week after she crashed into a parked car with a 10-year-old child on board.

Although no injuries were reported, the driver allegedly blew over the limit nearly four times, resulting in her driver’s license being suspended for 12 months.

“Driving is a complex task that requires concentration, judgment and decision-making. Alcohol impairs those skills and your ability to drive a vehicle safely,” Assistant Commissioner Weir said.

Over the weekend, officers from the Ryde Highway Patrol New South Wales Police Force reportedly observed a black BMW M5 sedan traveling at 92km/h in a 50km/h zone.

The 34-year-old driver told police he showed his two passengers his car and “warmed up the tires” before returning a positive result for alcohol. He was fined a total of $1,573 and had his license suspended for three months.

“We have unfortunately seen a number of examples of significant road-related trauma recently,” said Trent King, NSW Police Deputy Deputy Commissioner, Commander Traffic and Motorway Police, at the launch of Operation Labor Day 2022 for the upcoming long weekend in NSW.

“Holidays are for families and friends to safely spend time together, so we ask motorists to prevent further trauma by taking a few extra steps to ensure they plan ahead and manage their trips,” he said.

“That means not driving tired, remembering to take breaks, not speeding, knowing the conditions and not drinking or using drugs when getting behind the wheel.”

It was a similar message sent by South Australian Police Minister Joe Szakacs ahead of the long weekend, with Labor Day being observed next Monday in South Australia, New South Wales and the ACT (and the King’s Birthday long weekend in Queensland).

“One life lost on our streets is too many. I urge everyone using the roads this long weekend to drive safely and respect the road conditions,” Minister Szakacs said.

“The upward trend in fatal accidents on South American roads is a strong reminder that messages about the Fatal Five – distraction, drunk and drug driving, speeding, seat belts and dangerous motorists – must continue to get across to all South Australians using our roads.”

Ben Zechariah

Ben Zachariah is a veteran Melbourne-based writer and motoring journalist who has worked in the automotive industry for over 15 years. Previously a truck driver, Ben completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021. He is considered an expert in the field of classic car investments.

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