Drunk driver caught seven times over the limit before midday
A 25-year-old man has allegedly been caught driving with more than seven times the legal blood alcohol limit, as police crack down on dangerous driving ahead of Christmas.
The man was stopped by police at 11:00am on Sunday in Broome, allegedly returning a blood alcohol limit of 0.363 while driving on a disqualified licence.
Sergeant Trent Langthorn said it was one of the most serious drink-driving cases he has seen.
“It was very high and very unacceptable,” he said.
The Derby local’s car will be impounded for 28 days and he could face jail after he was charged with driving while disqualified and high-range drink driving.
“You will see an increase in police presence out on the roads this Christmas to try and make it safe for everyone,” Sergeant Langthorn said.
Double demerits will be enforced between December 21 and January 6. (ABC News: James Carmody)
Hours after the man was caught drink-driving, three people died in a ‘very high-speed accident’ north of Perth.
Two weeks out from Christmas, WA’s Acting Road Safety Commissioner Teresa Williams urged drivers to take care in the lead-up to the ‘silly season’.
“With celebrations and festivities at this time of year, it is possible that people may miss the importance of the road safety message,” she said.
“One hundred and fifty people won’t be joining their families this Christmas due to road crashes in WA; 97 of those people died on regional roads.”
Double demerits will be enforced between December 21 and January 6 for drink/drug driving, speeding, failing to wear a seatbelt and child restraint, running a red light, and illegal use of a mobile phone when driving.
“Most fatalities in regional WA come down to someone driving tired; they become complacent on roads they drive every day or something has distracted them,” Commissioner Williams said.
“While we can’t forget the risks around speeding, drink driving, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt, we must accept that we all make mistakes, and that we have a responsibility to share the roads safely and responsibly this Christmas.”
‘We dread seeing the trauma’
As police and road authorities ramp up their messaging around road safety, doctors are bracing for an increase in trauma caused by road traffic accidents.
President of the Rural Doctors Association of Western Australia Andrew Kirk said there was an inevitable rise in presentations to emergency around Christmas.
“We dread this time of the year,” Dr Kirk said.
“And the thing we dread seeing is the major trauma from road traffic accidents.”
Dr Kirk said accidents on regional roads were at higher risk of being fatal, as people were travelling long distances in remote areas.
“Don’t drink and drive, don’t drive tired, and make sure you and your loved ones are safe when they are travelling.”