A 36-year-old woman has allegedly crashed her Volkswagon Polo motor vehicle while drink driving with a BAC reading of more than eight times over the legal limit on Sunday 27 December.
The crashed vehicle, containing Christmas tinsel attached to its roof, was discovered by police near Murrumbateman, on the road side.
It is reported that the woman was first allegedly seen driving in an erratic manner earlier on the Sunday, travelling on Barton Hwy in the north of Canberra, also a winery region.
NSW Police report that woman was the only occupant in the vehicle and sustained no injuries from the crash. However, she was arrested and taken to the Yass Police Station where she underwent a breath analysis, allegedly returning a BAC reading of 0.416.
The Drug Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service report that a BAC over 0.40 can result in a coma, respiratory failure and death. Furthermore, the long term impacts can include liver failure and heart damage.
NSW Police as of Christmas have almost 3,217 speeding fines and over 2,223 penalty notices.
Double demerits apply during the festive season up until midnight 3 January.
A BAC reading of 0.15g or more while driving a motor vehicle in NSW is a crime referred to as high-range drink driving.
It carries up to 18-months in jail, $3,300 fine, criminal record and a licence disqualification period. In fact, the law prescribes a compulsory licence disqualification period of 6-9 months, with a further 2 years minimum interlock period.
In the event the interlock program does not apply or you are exempt, high range drink driving carries an automatic three years disqualification or minimum one year.
Second or subsequent offenders face even heavier penalties.
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