Drink driving laws now under review
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.