December 13, 2010
A STATEWIDE blitz on reckless drivers has nabbed 1480 drink-drivers over a 17-day period.
Operation RAID saw police carry out 396,408 preliminary breath tests between November 26 and December 12, catching one drunk -more disingenuous figures from the Herald Sun. How many of these "drunk" people had violated o.o limits by having 1 or 2 drinks, and, were they drunk? And if 3 or 4 standard drinks takes you over .o5, then are these people drunk? Of course they are not. This is the Herald Sun employing emaotional hooks to lure you into the story- in every 267 tested.The final figures confirm that a mere 0.37% of road users were drinking and a whopping 394,928 innocent people had their time wasted by revenue raising corporate policy police officers. This is a mammoth 99.63% of people. Yet, the Herald Sun AGAIN CHOOSES TO IGNORE this fact and instead tells us that one person in every 267 tested were caught.
Among the last drivers to be caught was a 42-year-old suspended driver who recorded a blood-alcohol level of 0.141 after trying to avoid a Kew booze bus last Saturday night. Isn't it interesting that the Herald Sun chooses a case that lends weight to their propaganda? Why do they choose an example from the shallow pool of a mere 0.37% and try to present it as the majority pool?
Road Policing Superintendent Neville Taylor said police were appalled by the number of drink-drivers caught. Do you think he said this with a straight face? Maybe he was apalled that they raised so LITTLE revenue?
"We couldn't have been any more public about this operation. At every opportunity over the past two weeks we have warned the public that we were holding this major crackdown on drink and drug-driving,'' he said.
"We have nearly 1500 people who have failed to hear this message - 88 drink drivers every day throughout this operation were taken off our roads.'' See how both the police and the Herald Sun are trying to use every type of trick to make out that there is a reason for them to continue to waste your time in their lustful pursuit of more money?
Among the worst areas for drink-drivers were Yarra (84), Port Phillip (68) and Dandenong (55).
As well as drink-drivers, the operation stung 53 drug drivers, 524 disqualified drivers, 921 unlicensed drivers, 5783 speeding drivers and 2154 drivers illegally using mobile phones. I wonder how many of those 921 people were exercising their lawful common law right to private travel?
Overall, 22,548 road offences were detected across the State. They have to raise revenue from somewhere given that they could only pursue less than 0.4% of nearly FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND PEOPLE FOR DRINK DRIVING CONTRACT BREACHES.
Supt Taylor said police were disappointed motorists had failed to get the message. Did anybody ask him about the 99.67% of people who had done nothing wrong, but, still were caught up in traffic log jams as police reduced 4 lane roads into 1 lane revenue collection points? How about the scores of passengers that needlessly had their time wasted? All I think we can safely estimate that over HALF A MILLION people had their time wasted, not to mention their presumption of innocence shattered, all so the police could nab 1400 people for drink driving.
"It's incredibly disappointing, but it shows we have our intelligence right through targeting the right areas at the right time,'' he said.
YES. HE REALLY SAID THAT. HOW MANY LIES WILL THE POLICE TELL TO LIGHTEN YOUR WALLET OF YOUR HARD EARNED? WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO WAKE UP AND STOP BEING A PART OF THIS GOVERNMENT EXTORTION?
THIS IS NOT LABOR. THIS IS NOT LIBERAL. THIS IS BOTH.
WHY DO YOU THINK THAT THEY PUT EACH OTHER HIGHER THAN THE GREENS CANDIDATES IN THE RECENT STATE ELECTIONS? THEY DON'T WANT TO LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG!!!
"By removing 1500 drink-drivers I have no doubt that our police have saved lives.''
I'm sure he his reading off a script. Easy when the corporate press doesn't question you or your actions in any way shape or form. This is why we need independent sources of news such as the Mikiverse.
Police have warned even more police will be out on the road in the lead-up to Christmas.
This is presented as if to imply that the police are undertaking this action as a response to the finished "operation". While the figures thoroughly debunk this fanciful notion, the fact is that the police always target the Christmas period as an income earning opportunity, not too mention the fact that they have already announced their desire to breath-test ONE MILLION people before the end of the year. With that logic, police will be trying to breath test just over 600,000 people in the next 18 days in a vain effort to raise revenue over the 0.3-1.5% that they always get during these revenue raising exercises.
"I have a strong message today, this is just the beginning of our Christmas period campaign,'' Supt Taylor said.
"We are out there, on all roads, at all times of day and night just don’t risk it.''