Well, the end of year festivities has been run and done, and sadly for too many families it was a time of tragedy, with people losing both life and limb due to driving while intoxicated. Whilst drink driving incidences have declined (still too many) drug driving occurrences are, very disturbingly, on the increase.
We here at People Against Drink/Drug Driving know all too well the pain of such loss and we were created decades ago to challenge for change. Our work, initiated by some remarkable Australians decades ago, has continued to be a voice for safer roads and communities.
Random Breath Testing came about, in large part, because of the work of P.A.D.D and its members. Their efforts over the years have contributed to saving lives and that is something to celebrate.
In time for Australia day, The Dalgarno Institute with its partner group P.A.D.D are very proud to announce the release of the Digital version of the work RBT – When Random Breath Testing Came to Australia. This historical look and important initiative was written and compiled by the remarkable Australian Artist, and Founding President of P.A.D.D, Mr Donald Cameron. This informative vignette is well worth the read for both history and context. The booklet is made available free of charge, thanks to the Dalgarno Institute and its member base.
As we lead up to Australia Day and celebrate our great nation, let us do so with a sober mind and sober body about all this means, the good, the bad and the ugly – Most of all, let us not add to, or create further destruction and harm by being people who shockingly choose to drink/drug drive.
To quote the Author ‘Good Divers Keep the Lid On!’
Enjoy the walk down memory lane, and learn a little more about what best practice activism can accomplish.
The Team, Dalgarno Institute
Imagine if you had to tell a family that their child was never coming home again...because a driver had a few too many drinks and they were too lazy to get a taxi? How would you feel if it was your child? Your brother, your parent, your best friend? Now imagine that you're the one who had a few drinks and thought...Home isn't too far. I'll make it without getting busted. While on the back streets worrying if the booze bus will catch you, you hit someone. How do you live with that for the rest of your life?
Ben Graham DECEMBER 25, 2017
DRINK-DRIVERS could be given on-the-spot fines for low-range and first-time offences rather than facing court.
It means those caught without previous convictions in NSW and those who register blood alcohol levels under 0.10 will never have to face a magistrate. It is hoped the NSW Government proposals will declutter the court system.
The proposals under draft Road Safety Plan 2021 would bring the state in line with Victoria and save court resources for more serious offences, Fairfax Media reported.
First-time offenders would be either fined or be disqualified through penalty notices. However, not everyone is in favour of the changes with some in the legal profession saying it would not discourage people from reoffending.
In Victoria, drivers aged over 26 who register a blood alcohol limit of between 0.05 and 0.07 only receive an on-the-spot fine and lose 10 demerit points.
Elise Baker Nov 25, 2017
A mother of two has apologised after allegedly recording a blood alcohol level nearly nine times the legal limit in Sydney's north yesterday afternoon.
A tearful Susan Lung, 42, told 9NEWS she drank six glasses of wine before getting in her car and admits it was a "stupid mistake."
"All the things that could have gone wrong," Ms Lung told 9NEWS.
"I could have injured people. Just don’t do it. It’s very stupid."
Police stopped Ms Lung about 12.35pm yesterday at the intersection of Mowbray Road and Marlborough Road at Willoughby, in Sydney's north.
She was arrested and taken to Chatswood Police Station, where she allegedly returned a breath analysis reading of 0.445.
Co-developer of the alcohol ignition interlock device Rod Tatersall illustrates the use of the mini-machine (AAP) (AAP)
Victoria is about to introduce some of the toughest laws in the country for low-range drink-drivers. Offenders caught with blood alcohol levels of between .05 and .07 will now have their licences cancelled immediately
KIERAN ROONEY, Herald Sun - November 1, 2017
THOUSANDS of first-time drink-drivers will lose their licences and have interlock devices installed in their cars under new laws introduced by the Andrews Government.
Reforms cracking down on low-range drink-driving offences were introduced to parliament yesterday and are expected to come into effect early next year if passed.
Up to 3000 full licence-holders are caught drink-driving with a blood-alcohol content between 0.05 and 0.07 each year, the lowest punishable level.
The changes will mean drink-drivers in this range, including first-time offenders, will have their licences cancelled immediately and they will be disqualified from driving for three months.
Every drink-driver in the state will also be required to have an interlock fitted to their car for at least six months and must complete a behavioural change program.
An alcohol interlock immobilises a car until a driver successfully passes a breathalyser test in the device.
They will cost drink-drivers about $180 to install, $150 per month to maintain and $100 to remove. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said low-level drink-driving was a serious danger.
“We make no apologies for toughening penalties for drink-drivers who continue to put the lives of Victorians at risk,” he said
(Drinking long term, will affect your driving?)
“Alcohol does have short term vision-altering effects, but excessive consumption can lead to long term, life-changing eye conditions. Both long term alcohol abuse and short term excessive alcohol use can lead to permanent loss of vision owing to the direct effect of alcohol on the optic nerves.”