COVID-19 positive woman charged with drink-driving after allegedly violating Canberra lockdown rules

A Canberra woman who had tested positive for COVID-19 and was to be quarantined at home was allegedly caught driving while intoxicated with two passengers in her car in the early hours of Sunday morning.

In addition to being charged with drink-driving, the woman was fined $ 1,000 for violating ACT health instructions while her passengers were ordered into solitary confinement due to their close contact with the woman.

ACT police have also reminded Canberrans that certain parks and reserves are off-limits during the shutdown, after catching several drivers trying to break the rules during compliance checks on the western outskirts of the city on Sunday.

Police said they turned around 250 vehicles at Cotter and Uriarra, which are among the areas currently closed.

On Monday, ACT Chief Police Officer Neil Gaughan said some Canberrans had been caught bending the rules in recent days.

“We’re seeing a little bit of complacency start to show up across the territory, and we’re really asking people to stay the course and stick to the rules. I just want to remind Canberrans that all reserves to the west and east … remain closed, “said Commissioner Gaughan.

On Thursday and Friday last week, ACT police led high-visibility border enforcement activities, inspected more than 7,400 vehicles and turned around more than 40 drivers.

The two main problems identified at the border were freight drivers who did not have proper COVID negative test documentation and local district drivers who did not have the appropriate exemption documents.

Detective Naomi Binstead urged Canberrans not to become complacent.

“Now is not the time to be complacent or take one: ‘It will be the right attitude’.

“The better everyone sticks to the rules, the sooner we can see more restrictions being eased.”

As of Tuesday, ACT police have completed 26,626 traffic compliance stops, issued 277 instructions to leave ACT and made 36 arrests for violating health instructions.

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