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?
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.”
Long-time anti-drink driving advocate, founding member of P.A.D.D. (People Against Drink Driving) and nationally acclaimed artist, Mr Donald Cameron, has just published his latest book in a limited edition run. This long awaited labour of love is replete with fascinating recounts and beautiful images. The work “The Two Obsessions of Donald Cameron” journals Don’s remarkable career as an artist and engraver on many national projects, including Postage Stamp design; but also his life saving passion to prevent drink driving. We commend this visually stunning book to you and encourage you to contact Donald to procure your copy.
You can call 02 9894 1292 or write to Donald Cameron at 6 Edgewood Ave, Castle Hill, NSW, 2154