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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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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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