Court hears 11 EBA matters

Friday February 14, 2020 Written by Published in Crime
A crane was used to pull out the car that was driven off Avarua wharf after midnight on Saturday. Picture: Tau Estall/20020902 A crane was used to pull out the car that was driven off Avarua wharf after midnight on Saturday. Picture: Tau Estall/20020902

The High Court continues to receive increasing alcohol related driving cases as police steps up their pursuit for zero-tolerance approach to drinking and driving.

 

Yesterday 11 cases of excess breath alcohol matters and four cases of refusing a breathalyser or blood test were presented before Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams.

John Harry charged with excess blood alcohol and careless driving was ordered to surrender his passport to the court.

Harry is alleged to have driven a rental car off the Avarua Wharf late Saturday night.

Dominique Johnson represented by defence counsel Mark Short admitted to the EBA charge.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Tuaine Manavaroa said Johnson was stopped by police when he was driving on a public road. A breathalyser test was conducted. The result of 900mcg per litre of breath.

He said the defendant told police he only had two bottles of Steinlager.

Johnson was convicted with a fine of $450, $50 court cost and 12-months disqualification from driving.

He was reminded that this was his second conviction of an EBA matter and the third time could see him serving time in prison.

Tioti Amanu, was convicted and fined $300 and 12-months disqualification from driving. He admitted to the EBA charge of driving on the Tupapa main road on Christmas Eve last year. The breathalyser result was 880mcg.

Anthony Bayon-on faced similar charge and was convicted with a fine of $300 and 12-months disqualification from driving.

Other matters have been adjourned giving time for the accused to seek legal advice or time to enter a plea and receive disclosures.

Police have advised that they and other agencies like the Road Safety Council want to tackle alcohol as this is the root cause of fatal accidents on our road.

Spokesperson Trevor Pitt said the culture of alcohol consumption and the behaviour associated with it must change as all seven motorbike deaths last year were alcohol-related.

He added that while they will fight for zero tolerance on alcohol, the community will be given time to adjust once the law is implemented.

“Of more immediate concern is the reduction of the present legal limit to the same as New Zealand and Australia, which is being supported by stakeholders in tandem with government’s thinking.”

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