Monday, May 5, 2014

Motoring Drink Drugged Driving $40,000 fines loom The Age May 1st 2014 & VIDEO British Columbia Cuts Drunken Driving Deaths Nearly in Half PBS Newshour 13.9.13

This 6 min You Tube American PBS Newshour video Report shows that British Columbia, Canada 

has halved drink drive fatalites by

impounding cars for 3 days if breathalysed at .05 

and immediately suspending licence with fine

$40,000 fines loom for drunk, drugged drivers

Steve Lillebuen May 01, 2014
Drivers caught behind the wheel while drunk and high could face huge fines of nearly $40,000 under Victorian law changes aimed at battling the state's road toll.
The new laws, set to be introduced in State Parliament later this month, will also see drivers who are intoxicated on alcohol and drugs lose their licence for a year and have their vehicles impounded.
A first offence will hit hard, with fines tipping past $4000, while repeat offenders could face a maximum fine of $38,977 for driving on booze and drugs, depending on the number of previous offences.
Roads Minister Terry Mulder says the new laws will take effect by mid-2015 and make the state one of the first jurisdictions in the world with a separate offence for driving on both drugs and alcohol.
Currently, Victoria prosecutes drivers with separate charges of either drink driving or driving while on illicit drugs.

"This is going to hurt," Mr Mulder said of the new fines on Thursday.
"We will not tolerate people who have no duty of care to other motorists on the road and are prepared to drive with a cocktail of alcohol and drugs and put other road users at risk."
The latest road safety research has found drivers with alcohol and drugs in their system are 23 times more likely to be killed in a crash than others, he said.
Drivers caught for the first time with a blood alcohol level of 0.10 or higher will also lose their vehicles for a month under another law change, which could also take effect by mid-2015.
Currently, only repeat drink drivers recorded with that reading or higher lose their vehicles.
There will also be toughened graduated licencing rules for motorcyclists, beginning in October.
Motorcyclists will have to wear a high-visibility vest while in the learner phase of the program and take a new on-road test, among other changes.
Mr Mulder said he was shocked to see how easy it is to get a motorcycle licence after he passed a test with a limited amount of training.
"No way was I ready to do that, nor were a lot of other people who were given licences on the day," he said.
The proposed changes come as experts from around the world have gathered in Melbourne for the Towards Zero road safety conference.
While Victoria's road toll continues to fall to record lows, more than 5500 people are seriously injured on the roads each year. Many battle through years of therapy and face a lifetime of medical problems.
Freg Wegman, an traffic safety expert at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, said it's important to recognise the injury rate after such success in reducing the number of road fatalities.
"Strategies to reduce fatalities might be different than strategies to reduce serious injuries," he said at the conference.
Mr Mulder said about 8 per cent of road deaths that involve alcohol also involve drugs.

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