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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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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

waiting for their next Court appearance. However, only a small percentage of those charged with drink driving choose to attend. The majority of these people have BALs in excess of 0.15*/. (Frost, 1989; Howells, 1981) and thus face harsher penalties in court. Because program attendance is a component of sentencing in the Territory rather than licence re-issue (participants usually receive more lenient penalties), it is predictable that those drivers with high BALs will opt to attend. As these are the ones most likely to be problem drinkers, a 4 hour information program is very limited in its effectiveness (Social Development Committee, 1988). Because licenses are merely re-issued by the Motor Vehicle Registry at the completion of the suspension period, there is no legal requirement for drivers, even those with obvious alcohol problems, to provide evidence of assessment and/or rehabilitation. The Court sometimes diverts chronic recidivists (3rd and above) to the Alcohol Rehabilitation Unit at the Royal Darwin Hospital as an alternative to gaol. However, their licences are similarly restored (on the recommendation of a Correctional Services Officer who is usually untrained in alcohol issues) once the suspension period is over. A similar procedure applies to those being released from gaol. Thus, the Territory is failing to give high risk 33


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