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Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council



Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council

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Tabled Paper 381


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Eric Poole


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Drink drivers & problem drinking The Victorian Police surgeon, Dr. Peter Bush, claimed in 1986 (Melbourne Age, June 15) that drivers who register a BAL o-F 0.15V. and above are highly likely to be problem drinkers and recommended automatic loss o-F licence: readings above 0.20*/. are virtually diagnostic o-F alcohol dependence. Furthermore, he recommended that licence re-issue be conditional upon hard evidence of successful management of alcohol problems. Because of the strong link between between multiple drink driving offences and alcohol dependency (Gabrynowicz, 1977), some Australian States (e.g. S.A.) require second or subsequent offenders to provide such evidence before licence re-issue (Sheridan, 1984). The Victorian Government has introduced automatic licence suspension for drivers registering 0.15% and above as well as those who refuse to submit to a breath test. In addition, the Road Traffic Authority has been directed to collaborate with the Health Department to develop suitable drink driver programs (Frost, 1989). Territory situation When Australia wide random breath testing statistics are compared (provided by the N.T. Road Safety Council), a much greater proportion of Territory drivers have illegal blood alcohol concentrations. For instance, the N.T. incidence was consistently three times greater than South Australias from 1987 - 1989 (when their legal level was 28

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