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

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Title

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

Other title

Tabled Paper 381

Collection

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

Date

1991-08-15

Description

Tabled by Eric Poole

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

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application/pdf

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Copyright owner

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License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2021C00044

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/294313

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396548

Page content

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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