Woman in her 50s caught four times the legal alcohol limit

CATCHING a woman allegedly driving more than four times the legal blood alcohol limit was not what Bundaberg police officers were expecting in the very week of their crackdown on drink drivers.
CATCHING a woman allegedly driving more than four times the legal blood alcohol limit was not what Bundaberg police officers were expecting in the very week of their crackdown on drink drivers. scottie simmonds

CATCHING a woman allegedly driving more than four times the legal blood alcohol limit was not what Bundaberg police officers were expecting in the very week of their crackdown on drink drivers.

The second phase of the month-long traffic sting targeting the Fatal 5, Operation Mike Invent, began on Monday after officers spent the previous week targeting driver fatigue.

Bundaberg Police Acting Inspector Grant Marcus said officers were alarmed when the woman, in her 50s, was intercepted on Wednesday about 3.15pm, not far from the Burnett Heads State School.

"She had a blood alcohol reading of 0.212%," he said.

"What is concerning is that obviously we are trying to educate the public to reduce our fatalities, and this week we've had a focus on drink drivers and yet we've had someone like this so close to a school where you've got a number of school students and parents about.

"It's a recipe for disaster."

Acting Insp Marcus said the woman's blood alcohol reading equated to drinking nine standard drinks in one hour.

"It's just disappointing to see things like this," he said.

He said drivers would be stupid to drink and drive not only this particular week, but at all.

"It's pretty simple - if you drink, don't drive," he said.

"If you drive, don't drink or you're a bloody idiot.

"Insurance companies will wipe them if they are involved in a road crash."

Acting Insp Marcus said when random breath tests (RBT) were first introduced in the '80s, intercepting people leaving watering holes had been a drink driving hot spot.

"These days people seem to consume alcohol at a multitude of locations," he said.

He said in most cases, drink drivers were caught not long after the consumption of alcohol.

"Sometimes you will get drink drivers the morning after," Acting Insp Marcus said.

Acting Insp Marcus said the Bundaberg Patrol group was appreciative of the many drivers who made the right choices every day.

"We are really hoping they can influence others to do the same," he said.

He said police would be out in force for the remainder of the week.

Topics:  drink driving operation police

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