Police warning on drink driving

Murchison police believe motorists are not hearing the drink driving message as the holiday season approaches.

BOB NICOL December 4, 2012 11:28am

Leading Senior Constable Ricky Keast conducts a preliminary breath test in Hogan St Tatura.

As the holiday season fast approaches police are becoming more and more frustrated with motorists who drink and drive.

Murchison police Leading Senior Constable Ricky Keast returned from holidays last Monday and has booked three motorists in three days for exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol, an issue that disturbs him greatly.

Ldg Sen Const Keast said people had to learn drink driving would not be tolerated in today’s society and only an ‘‘idiot’’ would do so.

He said drivers needed to be more responsible, not only for their own safety, but for the safety of others, and think before they get behind the steering wheel of a car — a point echoed by Tatura police on several occasions in recent months.

‘‘If you don’t think you will get caught, think again, because you will,’’ Ldg Sen Const Keast said.

Last Monday about 3.40pm, Ldg Sen Const Keast intercepted a 30-year-old Murchison man in River Rd, Murchison.

He was given a preliminary breath test and later underwent a breath test at Murchison Police Station where he recorded an alleged reading of 0.105 per cent, more than twice the legal limit.

Ldg Sen Const Keast said the man was issued with a $599 infringement notice, his licence was immediately suspended, and he will be disqualified from driving for 10 months.

On Tuesday about 7.35pm, Ldg Sen Const Keast observed an unregistered Ford sedan being driven along Gilliam Rd, Murchison East, which was intercepted by police at the Riverhaven Caravan Park.

He said a 57-year-old man from Queensland allegedly failed a preliminary breath test and was taken to Murchison Police Station for a secondary breath test.

On the secondary breath test the man allegedly recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.149 per cent, nearly three times the legal limit.

‘‘He was issued with an infringement notice for drink driving and using an unregistered car, a fine totaling $1303,’’ Ldg Sen Const Keast said.

‘‘He will be disqualified from driving in Victoria for 14 months.’’

Unfortunately it did not end there.

Ldg Sen Const Keast phoned The Guardian Wednesday morning to say he had just picked up another motorist during a random check.

He said a 59-year-old Mooroopna man had driven from Melbourne Airport and was intercepted on River Rd, Murchison at 9am.

The man also allegedly failed a preliminary breath test and was taken to Murchison Police Station for further testing.

He recorded an alleged blood alcohol reading of 0.069 per cent and received a penalty notice of $423 with the loss of 10 demerit points.

Ldg Sen Const Keast said the man was lucky to escape with his licence intact.

‘‘The frightening bit about this incident was that the motorist had driven for two hours from Melbourne with a passenger in the car before being detected,’’ he said.

‘‘Again, this not only put his life and that of his passenger in danger, but also hundreds of other motorists.

‘‘I was astounded these driver showed total disregard for other road users and he could have caused a serious accident by drink driving.’’

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