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3 - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Zero tolerance to
drink, drug driving
Behind the blue line
ACT Policing have warned motorists driving
under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be
caught any time, anywhere.
ACT Policing will conduct targeted and
random roadside alcohol and drug screening
with high-visibility and unmarked patrols,
throughout November, December and January
as part of its multi-agency road safety strategy.
Traffic Operations Officer Sergeant Rod
Anderson said with more than 1000 motorists
apprehended for drink driving this year, drivers
should know by now that if they plan to drink,
plan not to drive.
"Roadside alcohol or drug screening can
happen anywhere, at any time and on any road
-- and any vehicle could be an unmarked RBT
vehicle," he said.
"If you think you can avoid police by driving
home using back streets, think again -- every
police vehicle is equipped to be a mobile breath
"Alcohol and drug-impaired drivers pose the
highest risk on our roads. By removing these
drivers we reduce the potential for serious
injury or fatal collisions on our roads.
"Impaired drivers not only risk their lives and
the lives of others, they face large fines, losing
their licence, and imprisonment."
More than 300 drink drivers were caught in
the same period last year and 48 motorists were
detected under the influence of drugs from
42,231 roadside tests.
Impaired drivers are required to appear
before the court and face fines of up to $1650
(alcohol) and $1100 (drugs) for first time
offenders, imprisonment, or both.
Repeat offenders face harsher consequences
with fines up to $2200 (alcohol) and $2750
(drugs), imprisonment, or both.
An offending driver can also face a loss of
their driver s licence.
During last month s targeting of traffic
control offences, 218 drivers were caught
ignoring traffic controls.
This includes motorists disobeying red/
yellow lights and arrows, not stopping or giving
way at intersections and not using a roundabout
Ninety-six drivers failed to stop before a stop
line, out of 122 traffic infringement notices
LUNG AWARENESS MONTH
Canberra Lung Life Support Group co-ordinator Helen Cotter uses oxygen in her home to
help with her hypoxia.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Breathe easier with support
Breathlessness, coughing or
wheezing are just some of the
symptoms overlooked by many
Australians as normal. In fact,
these symptoms could be signs
of lung diseases including
chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease or pleural
Foundation of Australia
statistics say one in 10
Australians has a lung disease,
however it estimates that figure
could be significantly higher
due to lack of awareness.
Canberran Helen Cotter has
been living with her lung
condition, caused by scoliosis
in her spine, for 10 years. Each
afternoon and during the night,
Helen uses oxygen to help her
"People slow down and they
think they re just getting old,
Then they find it a bit tiring
to go up to the big shopping
centre and walk around.
Friends will tell you it s
only a block away, but that
becomes a problem.
Helen explained as time
went on, she found herself
being able to do considerably
It s a problem going to the
normal shops, it gets to be a
problem getting around your
house, out to the mailbox,
doing the gardening,
socialising ... it s more and
more difficult to do anything,"
Lung Life Support is a
Canberra group for people with
a variety of lung conditions and
their carers. Helen has been
group co-ordinator for the past
She said by the time people
came to the group, the
debilitating effects were
already being felt.
"Most months we have a
speaker and that could be on
something beneficial, Helen
said. We might have someone
talking about living in your
home with limited resources, or
what to do in emergencies,
because some of us are on
In Canberra it s mainly
bushfires where the electricity
goes off, and that s a real
concern and we haven t quite
solved that problem yet."
The Lung Life Support
group meets once a month to
provide companionship and
education for people living with
Lung Life Support will host a
stall at Canberra Centre on
World COPD Day on
Wednesday, November 19 as
part of Lung Awareness Month.
"We will have pamphlets and
things and a couple of chronic
care nurses will be there with
simple breathing equipment,
Any passer-by who is
interested in having their
breathing tested can, and if they
have poor results they re
advised to go to their doctor."
To find out more about Lung
Life Support Canberra, email
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