In court: Drink driving culture has got to end

A magistrate has condemned in court the "culture" of drink driving. Photo: Pixabay.
A magistrate has condemned in court the "culture" of drink driving. Photo: Pixabay.

A magistrate has condemned in court the "culture" of drink driving in the Shire.

At Crookwell Local Court on May 23, magistrate Geraldine Beattie convicted one remorseful drink-driver and adjourned two other drink-driving matters.

"Every time I come here for court, the bulk [of the] list is drink-driving," she said.

"This community has no regard for the rules in relation to drink-driving.

"That culture ... has got to end."

Ms Beattie laid out statistics for country roads.

In the 12 months to April 2019, there had been 361 fatalities, of which 248 were in the country. Ninety-three per cent were male; and 67 per cent, males under the age of 40.

"That's a huge portion of people who died on country roads," she said.

A Laggan man on his provisional driver's licence (P1, or red Ps) was convicted of mid-range drink driving.

In court, Arthur Kenneth Arnall, 19, of Laggan, pleaded guilty to the charge.

Police facts tendered in court said that, on March 29 at 7pm, a vehicle was stopped at Laggan after it was observed to have its moving wheels off the roadway.

The driver returned a positive breath test on site and was taken to Crookwell Police Station, where a second test returned a reading of 0.141.

In court, Arnall's solicitor said his client was embarrassed.

"You hold a P1 licence," Ms Beattie said. "Your limit is zero. If you have alcohol, you can't drive.

"You shouldn't have done it ... you know the rules ... yet you still make that dangerous decision to drive."

Arnall was convicted, with his licence suspended for three months and a $750 fine.

When Arnall's licence resumes, a 12-month mandatory interlock will be installed in his vehicle.