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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 8 Hansard (7 August) . . Page.. 3117..

Answers to questions

Alcohol—motor vehicle accidents

(Question No 1987)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 1 April 2008:

(1) How many motor vehicle accidents in the ACT involved alcohol in each of the 2001-02 to 2006-07 financial years and what was that number as a percentage of total motor vehicle accidents;

(2) How many people died as the result of alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents, either at the scene or following a period of hospitalisation in those years listed in part (1);

(3) How many people sustained serious injuries requiring more than three days in hospital as the result of alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents in those years listed in part (1);

(4) What was the average cost per alcohol-related motor vehicle accident for all relevant services provided by government for those listed in part (1);

(5) What psychological counselling services were provided by government for police, emergency, hospital and other relevant personnel who attended alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents and/or victims in those years listed in part (1) and what was the cost of those counselling services;

(6) What statistical data is gathered by police from people who return a positive reading in a random breath testing procedure;

(7) Is the data outlined in part (6) available publicly in an amalgamated format; if so, where; if not, why not;

(8) Are the names of convicted drink driving offenders published; if so, where; if not, why not.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) It is not possible to report either the total number of motor vehicle accidents or the percentage of those accidents involving alcohol for the years requested. Not all motor vehicle accidents in the ACT are reported to or attended by ACT Policing or other emergency services. For those accidents that are reported or attended, testing of all drivers for the presence of alcohol is not always practicable due to time delays and other factors.

(2) The number of people who died in the ACT as the result of a motor vehicle accident where the Coroner recorded a blood alcohol content is listed in the table below. It was not possible to compile the data to indicate which of these deaths occurred at the scene of the accident or following a period of hospitalisation.

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