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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 8 Hansard (5 August) . . Page.. 3614..

it was uncertain that the project could be completed by June 2005. Given that the original project timeframes were expected to run over two years it was not unreasonable to estimate June 2006 in December 2003.

Breath test statistics

(Question No 1623)

Mr Pratt

asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 29 June 2004:

Further to the reply to an Estimates question on notice in which it was stated that the figure for the number of breath tests conducted to date this financial year is down substantially on previous years, even taking into account it is not the full year result, why is it the case that the number of breath tests to be conducted this year will be cut by a third on the 2002-03 and 2001-02 results.

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

The number of breath tests for the 2003-2004 financial year have not been cut. As can be seen in my previous response to Question on Notice 1451 ACT Policing in 2003-4/4/04 had set up 1,064 breath test stations to undertake breath testing, which was a similar number to previous years. The number of tests carried out at these stations each time they were operationalised has reduced overall but police tend to obtain proportionally higher results of drink driving from the testing that is carried out at those sites (please refer to part 4 of Question on Notice 1451). ACT Policing employs an intelligence-led approach where police target specific areas that, according to police data, have particularly high numbers of drink or dangerous driving incidents. These locations may have proportionally less traffic flow than other streets, which reduces the actual numbers of tests undertaken by police officers per hour while increasing the proportion of drink driving detected. ACT Policing is confident that targeted breath testing has a positive impact on improving road safety outcomes in the ACT.


(Question No 1624)

Mr Pratt

asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 29 June 2004:

(1) Further to the response to Question on notice No 1550, why is it that truancy rates for students are not identified;

(2) Is there any system in place to record truancy details; if so, what system is in place; if not, why not.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(1) All schools keep attendance records on individual students. The records detail instances of absences from the school by individual students. All schools have procedures that encourage parents/carers to communicate to the school the reasons for absences of their student. Where the school receives information from the parent/carer regarding the absence it is recorded in the school roll as an explained absence. Where information is not provided it is recorded as an unexplained absence. Unexplained absences do not

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