Noela Leads the Fight against Drink-Drivers; Rocky Clocks Up 515 Idiots in Six Months

The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia), July 16, 2009 | Go to article overview

Noela Leads the Fight against Drink-Drivers; Rocky Clocks Up 515 Idiots in Six Months


Byline: Melinda Siegmeier melinda.siegmeier@capnews.com.au

IT'S drink-drivers like Carrie McGuire who just aren't getting the message.

Noela Walls has tried to change the perception of drink-drivers for 16 years.

This week she said motorists seemed more afraid of getting caught than willing to admit that what they were doing was dangerous.

The Under the Limit drink-driving program state co-ordinator said some drink-drivers, like McGuire, simply misjudged how much they had to drink, while others had a blatant disregard for the law and road safety.

In Rockhampton Magistrates Court this week, McGuire, 23, said she drove because she was more sober than her friends and thought she would be okay.

It was 3.40am on June 27 and she had consumed a few rum and cola "throw downs" and one beer.

When she was caught on Dean Street her reading showed a blood alcohol content of 0.115%.

After pleading guilty, McGuire was disqualified from driving for six months and fined $1000.

At the court's discretion, offenders like McGuire could be referred to complete the Under the Limit drink driving program.

Ms Walls said 8000 people had completed the program in Queensland since 1997 and there had been a 55% reduction in repeat drink-drivers.

She said the program was designed for motorists to analyse their alcohol consumption and develop strategies on how to not re-offend.

Strategies like how to get home safe, avoiding the shout and peer pressure is taught. …

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