WHAT HAPPENS TO DRINK DRIVERS?
Random breath testing (RBT) started in Australia in 1982, and gone are the crystals and the plastic bag, walking in a straight line, or touching your nose while standing on one foot techniques! Nowadays police have alcometers that provide a very past and accurate indication of a person’s breath alcohol concentration. When a positive reading is indicated, the driver is detained and taken for a confirmatory test. A second test is conducted on an instrument known as an intoxilyzer and following this a breath analysis certificate is issued, which is used as evidence in a Magistrates Court. “This driver is also issued a notice to appear in a Magistrates Court, as well as a 24-hour notice of suspension,” said Mareeba road policing unit acting sergeant Cate Shanahan. “In some cases an immediate suspension is issued disqualifying a driver until all matters have been finalised before the courts.” A driver who is detected over the middle or high alcohol limit will have their license immediately suspended. “There are so many variables to be taken into consideration relating to types of alcohol, gender, a persons muscle to fat ratio, how hydrated a person is, metabolism, etc,” she said. “Perhaps the simple answer is zero alcohol equals zero chance of being positive.”