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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 22 September 2005) . . Page.. 3646 ..


Roads—alcohol and drug driving tests(Question No 495)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 18 August 2005:

Further to a report in The Canberra Times of 25 July entitled “ACT push for drug-driving tests”, page 1, how many motorists have been (a) tested, (b) arrested, (c) charged or (d) convicted for driving under the influence of drugs other than alcohol in the ACT during (i) 2001-02, (ii) 2002-03, (iii) 2003-04, (iv) 2004-05 and (v) 2005-06 to date;

How many motorists have been (a) tested, (b) arrested, (c) charged or (d) convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol in the ACT during (i) 2001-02, (ii) 2002-03, (iii) 2003-04, (iv) 2004-05 and (v) 2005-06 to date.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) (a)

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Drug driving tests

8

3

2

3

0

Source PROMIS as at 05 September 2005

(b)

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Drug driving arrests

2

2

3

1

0

Source PROMIS as at 05 September 2005

(c)

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Drug driving charges (arrests)

2

2

3

1

0

Drug driving charges

8

3

1

3

0

Source PROMIS as at 05 September 2005

(d) The following statistics have been provided by the ACT Courts:

Financial Year

Convicted

2001 - 2002

793

2002 - 2003

903

2003 - 2004

1197

2004 - 2005

1088

2005 to date

153

ACT Courts database is unable to differentiate between Alcohol and Drug convictions.

Please note there are approximately 278 defendants who have had their matters adjourned pending the decision from the Supreme Court and now Court of Appeal on the gazetting of the Alcolmeter issue. These matters have not been finalised.

(2) (a)

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-to date

Random/Targeted breath tests*

75176

76675

48332

46898

n/a

Source: Traffic Operations

* DOES NOT include post-accident testing

n/a ~ data not available


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