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House crashed by a drunk driver

A drunk driver crashes into a House in Melbourne. He was arrested and charges will filed against him

On the 23rd of December, 2013, while a Melbourne Man living at Melton in the west of the city was comfortably sleeping in his house around 2am, a Car suddenly crashed into his front yard.

The Driver who is 40 years old is just living nearby. However, since he is too drunk to drive his car, he crashed the front of the house of his neighbour. The drunk driver was arrested and charges will be filed against him.

Drink Driving has been the cause of major traffic accidents in Victoria, Australia. It is not only limited to Public Roads but to private property as well just as in the case of this accident.

Charges for Drink Driving vary according to the circumstances of each case however a standard rule that Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of the driver must be 0.05 BAC. In cases of drivers who operates large motor vehicles such as Trucks and Buses the BAC must be zero. This also applies to professional drivers, i.e. taxi drivers, probationary, learners and those who have a previous record of Drink Driving Offences.

In case of first time offenders, the Law Enforcers may only issue an Infringement Notice. However the authorities have the discretion to issue the Offender a Notice or to take him to the Court. For subsequent Drink Driving Offences or for those who were apprehended with a BAC of 0.15 BAC or above, charges will be filed and it is up to the court to deal with it appropriately.

There are several laws that govern Drink Driving Offences in Victoria. The Road Safety Act 1986 (including its amendments) and Melbourne City Link Act 1995 (and its amendments) are among the laws that provide the information on the Drink Driving as well as information on how the authorities deal with it.

It is always safe to stay away from driving when a person has taken a couple of alcoholic drinks. If they are unsure of the level of their BAC, they should take alternative options on how they should go home. They can take a cab, stay overnight to a nearby friend or have someone pick them up. It is wise to have these options set early on before any person starts drinking.

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