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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

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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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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

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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