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    Queensland coroner tells police not to chase drunk drivers

    Coroner tells police not to chase drunk drivers | Courier Mail

    31 March 2010, Courier Mail

    THE Queensland coroner has called on police to stop road pursuits of drivers they suspect of being drunk or drug-affected.

    Coroner Michael Barnes on Wednesday released a report into 10 road pursuit deaths that occured between June 2005 and July 2008.

    ``Perhaps the only thing more dangerous than a drunk driver on the road is a drunk driver being chased by the police,'' Mr Barnes said in his report.

    Mr Barnes said it was a ``sad irony'' that deaths occurred when constables pursued petty criminals in the name of safety.

    The report found that of the 10 deaths, six were related to failing to stop for a roadside breath test.

    ``In view of the practical difficulties involved in assessing the level of impairment of a drug or alcohol affected driver and the likelihood that significantly increase the likelihood of such drivers crashing, I recommended that all of these offences be included in the non-pursuit category,'' the coroner said in his report.

    The report made a total of 13 recommendations, including that drivers who evade police automatically lose their licence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter000
    including that drivers who evade police automatically lose their licence.
    that would sort it
    Last edited by good2bhappy; 31-03-2010 at 12:27 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter000
    Mr Barnes said it was a ``sad irony'' that deaths occurred when constables pursued petty criminals in the name of safety.
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    Mr Barnes said it was a ``sad irony'' that deaths occurred when constables pursued petty criminals in the name of safety.
    [QUOTE="peter000"]Mr Barnes said it was a ``sad irony'' that deaths occurred when constables pursued petty criminals in the name of safety.[/QUOTE


    Since when have drunk drivers been petty criminals. ?

    Try telling that to the relatives of those killed by these dickheads who play russian roulette with other peoples lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by good2bhappy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by peter000
    including that drivers who evade police automatically lose their licence.
    that would sought it
    I disagree. The pissheads could simply put fake number plates on their cars and then never feel the need to stop for any random breath testing units. In any event, you can't just let drunk drivers speed off, maybe killing the odd innocent bystander.... they have to be apprehended ASAP.

    Queensland doesn't even have a police helicopter. If it did have a few then maybe the police pursuits of drunks would be better directed and, arguably, safer and fewer.
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    Do as they do in America, ram erm off the road makes good youtube watching


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pumpui
    Try telling that to the relatives of those killed by these dickheads who play russian roulette with other peoples lives.
    Thats what the police do no? When they relentlessly chase someone who is not capable of controlling a vehicle at high speeds. The danger created by a pursuit far outweighs the original danger of the driver.

    Of course if a driver is thought to be drunk they should be pulled over and prosecuted but, if they do a runner, other methods should be used to bring them to justice rather than driving at 100mph and ramming them off the road etc..

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter000
    You can't just let drunk drivers speed off, maybe killing the odd innocent bystander.
    agreed
    but couldn't you put those things across the road further up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by good2bhappy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by peter000
    You can't just let drunk drivers speed off, maybe killing the odd innocent bystander.
    agreed
    but couldn't you put those things across the road further up?
    Yes, that could well be an option - it's certainly more sensible than letting them go on their merry way and taking their licences away a week or 10 later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter000
    drivers who evade police automatically lose their licence.
    If the driver has evaded the police then how do they know whose license to suspend ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by peter000
    drivers who evade police automatically lose their licence.
    If the driver has evaded the police then how do they know whose license to suspend ?
    Precisely, maybe talk grandpa into taking the rap? There are way too many holes in the automatic loss of licence scenario.

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    maybe they should mount a Phalanx CIWS - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia on the booze bus - they would not have to pursue the vehicle and it would come to a halt in seconds


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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    maybe they should mount a Phalanx CIWS - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia on the booze bus - they would not have to pursue the vehicle and it would come to a halt in seconds


    That could be a very sound deterrent.

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    maybe if they raised the standard of training for queensland police, especially as far asdriving and weapon handling is concerned,as a queensland high court judge issued in a statement a few weeks ago, the most dangerous thing on the roads in qld at the moment is a bored 20 yearold police constable behind the wheel of a v8 pursuit vehicle armed with a high powered glock with a full magazine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ningi
    behind the wheel of a v8 pursuit vehicle armed with a high powered glock with a full magazine
    sounds fun

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