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Baldock: Drink, drug targeting spot on

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For immediate release
Tuesday, 16 December, 2003

Baldock: Drink, drug targeting spot on

The Government's tougher approach to drugged and drunk drivers today won support from United Future's transport spokesman, Larry Baldock, but he also questioned the more liberal use of speed cameras, cautioning that they must not be misused.

"The classifying of a new offence of being in control of a vehicle while under the influence of illicit drugs is overdue recognition of a serious menace on our roads," Mr Baldock said.

"And United Future is also supportive of the strengthened drink-driving measures, particularly the immediate 28-day licence suspension upon a positive blood alcohol test for anyone convicted within the previous four years of drink-driving, and the 28-day impoundment of the vehicle of a third-time offender.

"These are tough measures, but they are fair and they are in line with the way society today views the very real crime of drink-driving," Mr Baldock said.

However, he sounded a note of caution over the more liberal use of speed cameras mooted in the Government package.

"The speed camera system has been working well, with black spots clearly identified and speed camera areas clearly marked.

"United Future would have real concerns if the police misuse these new powers and the public perception that speed cameras are simply revenue-gathering devices continues to grow," he said.

Ends.

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