Police to Target Drink Driving Parents

NSW police are planning to crack down on drink driving parents should the recent reported rise of parents caught drink driving with their children in the car continue. Such measures would include random breath testing in the early afternoon in the vicinity of schools, children’s parks and playgrounds.

This year so far more than five mothers have been caught with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit of more than 0.05 and with their children in the car.

NSW police have caught at least five mothers driving their children with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit of more than 0.05, along with a pregnant woman and father who were both well over the legal BAC limit while driving.

Peter Lennon, Acting assistant commissioner for the Traffic Services branch, spoke out against parents that drink drive. “Women should have the responsibility to think, ‘I’ve had a few glasses of wine, I shouldn’t have another one or I shouldn’t drink when I’ve got to pick up children after school… It’s doubly irresponsible to do this and it’s something that needs to be addressed,” he said.

The concerns of the community are warranted with fears not only around the safety of the driver’s children, but of all children in the area especially during busy school times.

One of the most alarming cases occurred in the Eastern Suburbs on 14 April 2011, when a woman was found to be driving her four year old daughter with a 0.197 BAC reading. Police were alerted to her when she crashed into a wall and a stationery car that was parked in Bondi.

Parents caught drink driving can expect some harsh penalties. Drink driving penalties vary in NSW depending on the prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA), whether it is a first time or subsequent offence and the circumstances and impact the offence causes, among many other factors. Courts are unlikely to be sympathetic to drivers who put their children and other children in danger by driving drunk.

If you have been charged with drink driving, make sure you call one of our specialist drink driving lawyers for advice prior to going to Court.