POLICE have urged revellers in Bendigo to make arrangements to get home safely after two people were reported for drink driving after leaving licensed venues.
A learner driver will appear in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court after recording a blood alcohol concentration of 0.111 – more than twice the legal limit for a fully licensed driver.
A 20-year-old Bendigo woman will be charged on summons in relation to drink driving, failing to have a supervising driver, and failing to display L-plates after being intercepted by police during routine patrols at Lyttleton Terrace at 1.50am today.
Bendigo Sergeant Rod Davis said the reason given to police for driving was that the woman was “just trying to help a friend”.
He said police intercepted another motorist in relation to drink driving just after 1am today at Thistle Street.
A 32-year-old man from Castlemaine received an infringement notice and lost his licence for six months after recording a blood alcohol concentration of 0.083.
Sergeant Davis said the man had two passengers in the vehicle when he was intercepted by police.
“Both [of the motorists] had been to licensed premises in the Bendigo area prior to being pulled over by police,” the sergeant said.
He said police were disappointed messages around responsible driving still weren’t getting through to people.
Sergeant Davis urged people to arrange a designated driver, get a taxi, or arrange a lift home if they were planning on going out and consuming alcohol at a licensed venue.
He also called on people to consider the risks involved before getting in a car after a night out drinking.
“Not only are you putting yourself and your passengers at risk but all the other people out there,” Sergeant Davis said.
He said responsible consumption of alcohol also needed to be emphasised as part of a whole-of-community response.
Victoria’s road toll stands at 104 after a fatal collision at Truganina overnight, in which a 10-year-old girl died.