26 September 2023

Police look out for impaired drivers

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ACT Policing is preparing for the festive season by turning the focus of its traffic to motorists driving apparently impaired this month.

Officer in Charge of Road Policing, Acting Inspector Ken Williams said the police wanted everyone to have an enjoyable festive season, as well as a safe one.

“The summer months bring a rise in parties, end of year celebrations and public holidays, but sadly we also see a rise in antisocial, illegal and potentially dangerous behaviour,” A/Inspector Williams said.

“We have already seen 18 people die on ACT roads this year, and many of these incidents have seen alcohol or drugs play a significant factor,” he said.

“Put bluntly, if you drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs, you significantly increase the risk of causing a collision, potentially seriously injuring or killing yourself or someone else.”

A/Inspector Williams said Police wanted to see people make smart choices and take personal responsibility for their actions on the roads.

He said that last year, ACT Policing charged 794 people with drink driving – a figure which has already been exceeded in 2022.

“The best advice we can give this festive season is if you plan to drink, please don’t drive,” A/Inspector Williams said.

“Have an alternate plan of how to get home, whether that is with a designated driver, using public transport, or a rideshare service.

“This decision could save your life, or the life of someone you love,” he said.

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