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In the media yesterday, Senior Victorian police called for debate to begin on reducing the legal drink-driving limit to 0.02.  They say the current laws are too lenient and don;t do enough to discourage drivers from drinking and driving.

Under current laws, first offenders caught just over the 0.05 limit are fined, losing several demerit points, but it is the case that often they keep their licence and continue to drive.

Inspector Martin Boorman said on Fairfax radio yesterday that people needed to separate drinking and driving completely.   He said zero tolerance also needed to be considered.

“There are other jurisdictions around that world that have taken that move so we need to see within the Victorian context whether that’s something that would produce road safety benefits for us,” he told Fairfax Radio this morning.

“People are unnecessarily being killed and injured on our roads because of drink-driving.”

So today I ask you to have your say… Should we completely separate drinking and driving?  Do you think it would be possible in a country like Australia where alcohol is so fundamentally engrained in our culture?


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. I reckon there are a lot of other things which need to be done first. If the Vic police are anything like those in Tasmania, they concentrate on three issues – important although they are – and ignore everything else, including plain bad behaviour.

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