What happens when those meant to enforce the law are actually the ones breaking it?
This is the question many Aussies on the Gold Coast are asking themselves following an incident this week.
A crash involving an off-duty police sergeant shocked many people not because of the nature of the crash but because the police sergeant was apparently over the legal blood alcohol limit at the time. The policeman recorded a reading of 0.064, the legal limit is 0.05.
The sergeant from the South Eastern Region has been given notice to appear for drink driving in Southport Magistrates Court in June.
The crash occurred in the early hours of the morning and involved 2 other vehicles in addition to the one the sergeant was driving.
Read what happened according to an article on TheAustralian.com.au
Off-duty police sergeant allegedly recorded blood alcohol reading of .064 per cent after Gold Coast accident
AN off-duty policeman has been caught drink driving on the Gold Coast this morning.
A 53-year-old sergeant from the South Eastern Region has been given a notice to appear for drink driving after he was involved in a three-car crash at Helensvale on the Gold Coast about 5.30am.
The officer was breath tested and subsequently charged with drink-driving after recording a blood alcohol reading of 0.064 per cent.
He will appear in Southport Magistrates Court on June 19.
Drink driving is always a risk because even if you aren’t involved in a crash, there is a chance that police may randomly stop you and ask you to take a breath test, which they are legally allowed to do at any time. However if a crash does occur, even if you are not the cause, you will most likely be blamed and will face other consequences – if you are lucky enough to survive.
Although many people may feel 100 per cent fine after drinking and may believe that they can safely get behind the wheel of a car, science proves that alcohol alters our ability to drive or operate any machinery safely.Alcohol has been identified as the leading cause of car crashes in Oz and according to research drivers who tested over the limit doubled their chances of causing a crash, you would expect a member of the police force to be more aware of this than anyone.
Many drivers arrange for transport home after a night of binge drinking but forget that alcohol stays in your body a long time and in fact it takes your body much longer to get rid of the alcohol than it does to absorb it. Therefore if you indulge in a heavy night of drinking and then drive chances are alcohol will still be present in your body and will affect your driving ability the next morning, as is likely what happened with the police sergeant.
There is no need to stop drinking, alcohol in itself is not to blame for the alcohol fuelled issues we are experiencing such as violence and drink driving crashes. Alcohol is an excellent social lubricant and may even have some health benefits when consumed in moderation. The problem is when people drink irresponsibly and engage in dangerous behaviour such as binge drinking, underage drinking and drink driving.