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Despite pleas from police, and a number of fatalities on our roads this year, Richmond LAC police are concerned that people are still driving while intoxicated.

Eight people were arrested over the weekend for ‘prescribed quantity of alcohol’ offences. All but one were male, including two 19-year-olds and five people in their 20s. They were:

  • A 19-year-old Alstonvale man on his Ps charged with mid range PCA at Lennox Head
  • A 42-year-old Evans Head man charged with mid range PCA at Evans Head
  • A 21-year-old Wollongbar man charged with mid range PCA at Wollongbar
  • A 26-year-old Lismore man charged with mid range PCA and driving while suspended in Lismore
  • A 23-year-old Cumbulam man charged with mid range PCA in Lismore
  • A 28-year-old Goonellabah man charged with low range PCA second offence and exceed speed by 30km/h in Lismore
  • A 19 year old Casino woman charged with high range PCA and negligent driving
  • A 20-year-old Lismore man charged with Novice Range PCA in Lismore.

Police reiterate they will be out in force over the Christmas period carrying out random alcohol and drug tests on drivers.


Police are also reminding the public of the #Five2Arrive campaign after two more lives were lost on NSW roads on Sunday, bringing the State’s road toll to 375.

Operation Safe Arrival launched last Friday (December 16) and will continue into the New Year, ending on Monday January 2 2017.

In the four days since the start of the operation there have already been three lives lost, bringing the state’s road toll to 375.

During the operation police want road users to think about the #Five2Arrive; five simple tips for road users in order to arrive home safely:

  1. Don’t speed.
  2. Don’t drink and drive.
  3. Wear a seatbelt.
  4. Put your phone away, and
  5. Take regular breaks.

On day three of the campaign there were 20 people injured in 48 major crashes, and a total of 3,735 infringements handed out; including 1,351 for speeding.

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  1. You’ll note that alcohol users are allowed to drive with a “prescribed quantity of alcohol” whereas medical cannabis users are not allowed to have one atom of cannabis in their system.
    If the laws were equal and alcohol users were being arrested for a drink they had two days ago a million alcohol users would be marching in the streets, Hotel and Clubs lobbyists would be up in arms and our political parties would run out of free lunches and hundreds of thousands of dollars of “donations”.
    It’s corruption through and through.

    • Nicely put man. Interesting point made too, I’d say a checkmate kind of point…like…hey….you allow this much alcohol to be consumed before driving, good, as it should be. But then you have a zero THC tolerance? Game over, hypocrisy et al revealed.
      So we herbologists will continue to do whatever the fuck we like ….as we have for decades. Because if we have anything to say to these people it is …”No matter what you tell the world…your opinion, is of no consequence at all.”

  2. Difference being that alcohol disappears after 2 days, drugs stay longer in the system and affect people’s driving habits for several days after smoking bongs.

    • Yes Jon, but you are spoiling a good conspiracy theory. Never mind that, while I have asked several times, none of the proponents of allowing driving after cannabis use has yet to provide a skerrick of evidence that actually shows any link between alcohol industry funding and RDT policy, in NSW or anywhere else. It seems in the post-truth age you only need to show a political donation and that proves your case. regardless of the many other reasons – advertising for example – that the alcohol industry would lobby to protect their profits. There is a very high prevalence of cannabis in people involved in serious accidents, – do we need to seek other motives for implementing RDT? I understand too it is illegal to drive if your driving is impaired by alcohol, even if that is below the prescribed amount; insurance companies too can refuse claims if the person was apparently affected by alcohol.

  3. How many drivers taking nothing more than pot are involved in high speed car accidents? Not too many, I reckon.

    Conversely, how many drunk drivers are? Yep!!!!

    In a world where young ones could smoke dope without fear of persecution or prosecution, fewer of them would drink, and less MVA fatalities would occur.

    These laws are imbecilic and need to be changed!

    • Some 25% of drivers involved in serious accidents show signs of having used cannabis. Now I know there are arguments about the effects of residual amounts, but that rate is sufficient, along with clinical evidence, for the authorities to justify prohibit driving under it influence, The argument that cannabis use would replace alcohol is a fallacious one, notwithstanding that it is supported by some epidemiological evidence from the US where in some states they have not been as successful at developing and enforcing a culture that is now the norm in mainstream Australia, including among younger people – you don’t use recreational drugs, legal or otherwise, and drive. We should not be aiming to replace one dangerous drug with another simply because some individual insist on driving under the influence of a drug and one is possibly less dangerous than another. Australia is not the US and we much less inclined to be wedded to harmful libertarian policies – the great bulk of us no longer accept drugged driving and the carnage it causes – we are not imbeciles for expecting our governments to make it illegal.


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