Echuca police Inspector Paul Margetts has backed calls to drop the blood alcohol limit to 0.02.TRENT HORNEMAN July 14, 2014 3:31am
Echuca police Inspector Paul Margetts has backed a Victoria Police discussion to have the blood alcohol limit dropped to 0.02.
Senior Victoria Police officers met in Melbourne on Wednesday and discussed the potential to lower the legal blood alcohol limit.
Insp. Margetts said it was about time the community had the discussion about drink driving.
‘‘I definitely support the concept, there is a clear benefit in terms of road safety and the impact alcohol has on your reaction and response times,’’ he said.
Insp. Margetts said the discussion was a natural progression.
‘‘We are now in the second generation of 0.05 and 0.02 for P platers,’’ he said.
Insp. Margetts said he would even support a zero blood alcohol policy for all drivers.
‘‘If you are working, most workplaces have a zero alcohol policy,’’ he said.
‘‘If you work in a mine or drive a truck you must be 0.00.
‘‘I certainly wouldn’t have a beer with my fish and chips on a Friday night before I went out on patrol.
‘‘Places like gun clubs have a strict zero alcohol policy when competing.’’
Insp. Margetts said community tolerance towards drink-driving was changing.
‘‘You only have to look at the penalties for drink drivers,’’ he said.
‘‘If you are caught multiple times, then jail is almost a mandatory position.’’
Insp. Margetts said while some people made mistakes, he was particularly disappointed with the rate of repeat drink drivers.
‘‘I don’t have stats on hand, but I would say that it happens more often than I would like,’’ he said.
‘‘If you are alcohol-affected while operating machinery and injure or kill someone at work, then the employee and the employer face some massive penalties.
‘‘It needs to be the same for our roads.’’
Echuca Regional Health acting emergency department nurse unit manager Jade Jones said she ‘‘absolutely agreed’’ that it was a good idea to lower the blood alcohol limit.
‘‘When (patients) come into the emergency department, their reading is generally a lot higher than 0.05,’’ she said.
While some car accident victims were transferred directly to Melbourne for treatment, she said it remained important to ensure the safety of medical staff when dealing with alcohol-related incidents.
Police abandoned a pursuit near Shepparton East for safety concerns after the pursued car reached speeds of 140km/h.
Some of Australia’s best kayakers were in Yarrawonga on Sunday at the annual Yarrawonga-Mulwala Canoe Club’s Murray River Classic kayak race.
Volunteers at St Vincent de Paul in Tatura continue to be dismayed at the amount of unsuitable items dumped at the centre in Francis St.
Budding basketballer Krystelle Lloyd will represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles this year.
Corop’s Clem Furphy received an Order of Australia Medal for his service to health care and the Goulburn Valley community in this year’s Australia Day honours list.
Bianca Chatfield to speak at Kyabram Sportstar of the Year
Alan McLean looks back at Seymour's history of larrikings, louts and bushfires.
New tourism venture, Old Woperana Working Farm and Animal Nursery, is now open to the public.
Warm weather during the Christmas/New Year period saw large crowds enjoy facilities at the region’s major water storages.
Recent weather conditions have come as a mixed blessing for farmers, with high rainfall and humidity providing a respite for irrigators as well as difficult growing and picking conditions for fruit growers.
Deniliquin region deemed ideal for paragliding by world's best.
From orchards to harvest to shelves, a new exhibition will celebrate the Goulburn Valley’s iconic fruit industry. The Photos of the Fruit Industry exhibition will run as part of the SheppARTon Festival in March and aims to share memories and history of an industry that has shaped the region.
Salvation Army Benalla Majors Heather and Peter Ellis have relocated to Melbourne.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.