Alcohol, Drugs and Driving (ALRC Report 4)

ALRC Report 4 (tabled 1976) considered the problems in the application of the laws of the Australian Capital Territory designed to control the driving of motor vehicles by persons who had consumed alcohol or other intoxicating drugs.

The report inquired into technical matters such as procedures and types of equipment for breath and other testing, the correlation between breath alcohol and blood alcohol levels and the relevance of tests conducted for impaired driving at an earlier time. The report also discussed the desirability of retaining an option for blood tests, methods of dealing with drug impairment and the desirability of introducing random tests.

The report concluded that there were a number of serious flaws with the existing ACT legislation. It recognised that these flaws had resulted in the position that drivers were not being prosecuted for alcohol concentration offences unless the blood alcohol level was 0.165 per cent. The report argued this to be unacceptably high and inconsistent with the safety of the community.

View ALRC Report  on the AustLII website.