Tasmanian driver blows four times legal alcohol limit: police



April 15, 2017 15:26:00

A senior police officer has warned Tasmanian drivers to make decisions before they drink too much.

Operation Crossroads — the annual Easter road safety campaign — is in its third day, and so far Tasmania has had no fatal or serious crashes over the holiday period.

But police allege one 39-year-old driver blew 0.208 — more than four times the legal limit — after being caught driving the wrong way down York Street in Launceston.

Acting Inspector Stewart Williams said police were amazed.

“It beggars belief as far as I’m concerned, at [some point] someone has decided that they’re OK to drive at that point, or I suppose the other thing is you’re almost incapable of making that decision at that point,” Inspector Williams said.

“So if you’re going to go out and have a bit of a big night, and have a few drinks, then make some choices before you go out.

“Ensure that you’ve got enough money put aside in your back pocket or, somewhere else, in your bank account, to ensure you can get a lift home or organise a lift home from somebody else.

“But don’t leave it to chance that you might to make that decision — to drive home at the end of the night — and test your luck, because ultimately you’re either going to get caught, or you’re going to be involved in a pretty significant accident.”

Almost 9,000 drivers have been tested for drugs and alcohol during the blitz.

Eight drivers have tested positive to drugs, and 22 have had more than the legal limit of alcohol.

Police say the majority of the readings have been low-range.

Police make cannabis bust

Police also allege that when they stopped a 51-year-old Ringarooma man in the state’s north-east at a random breath testing station, they found seven-and-a-half kilograms of freshly harvested cannabis in his car.

Inspector Williams said police allegedly found cannabis plants during a later search of the man’s house.

“It’s a pretty significant charge,” he said.

Police say they will be out in marked and unmarked cars flor the rest of the Easter period.




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