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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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also 0.08'/.). Although a decline in 1989 Territory proportions has been reported in the N.T. P o l i c e R o a d A c c i d e n t s S t a t i s t i c s ('1989), this should be viewed with scepticism because police budget cuts, particularly for overtime, have resulted in reduced surveillance in maximum yield periods. 78*/. of convicted N.T. drink drivers have BALs in excess of 0.157. (Frost, 1989): the average has remained fairly stable at 0.187. since 1981 (Frost, 1989; Howells, 1981). According to the Police Prosecutor, the majority of offenders presenting at the Darwin Magisrates Court have had prior convictions. Therefore, more than three quarters of Territory drink drivers are likely to have alcohol problems. Although it is difficult to compare Territory and national fatality statistics (because of the relatively small numbers involved), it is predictable (given consumption levels) that the N.T. has approximately double the rate of fatalities per 100,000 population and nearly three times the rate per 10,000 vehicles (P ol ic e R o a d A c c i d e n t s S t a t i s t i c s , 1989). In 1989, for instance, there were 2,075 motor vehicle accidents on Territory roads: 1,220 persons were injured and 61 died. Alcohol was involved in 217. of accidents and in 537. of the fatal ones. 497. (1,013) of Territory accidents occurred in the City of Darwin which resulted in 394 injured and 11 dead. 29

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