Drink driv­ing laws now un­der re­view

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

GAYN­DAH Po­lice Sergeant Josh Ryan has wel­comed the State Gov­ern­ment’s re­view of ex­ist­ing drink driv­ing laws for the first time since 2010.

“I’m sup­port­ive of the in­tro­duc­tion of any law that will ed­u­cate peo­ple to see it is never ok to drink and drive,” Sgt Ryan said.

“Also every case should be looked at on face value as well.”

Some mea­sures be­ing con­sid­ered are en­hance­ments to the Al­co­hol Ig­ni­tion In­ter­lock, manda­tory ed­u­ca­tion for drink driv­ing of­fend­ers and a re­view of the re­stricted li­cense ini­tia­tive

Sgt Ryan said since Jan­uary of 2016, 21 drink driv­ers were caught by po­lice to go with a fur­ther 37 drug driv­ers.

“Peo­ple might per­ceive that we have a big­ger drug driv­ing is­sue how­ever drug driv­ing is one of those things where test­ing is get­ting bet­ter so de­tec­tions are be­com­ing more com­mon,” Sgt. Ryan said.

“If you com­pare, when drink driv­ing tests first came out you would prob­a­bly find there was a peak in that too be­cause peo­ple didn’t knew we could test.

“In my opin­ion I would hope to see a re­duc­tion in those num­bers over the next 12 months.”

Sgt Ryan re­it­er­ated that the com­mu­nity would con­tinue to see a strong po­lice pres­ence in the area.

“We will con­tinue to have a very large po­lice pres­ence in the area, both overt in uni­form and covert op­er­a­tions,” he said.

“This will keep go­ing un­til the mes­sage fi­nally starts to get through that drink and drug driv­ing will not be tol­er­ated.

RACQ is call­ing on all Queens­land mo­torists to have their voices heard in the re­view and they can do so at www.get­invovled.qld.gov.au.

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