Drunk and lost truckie caught out in VicRoads blitz

Truckie caught with a blood-alcohol reading more than twice the legal limit for the vehicle he was driving

August 5, 2011

A truck driver has lost his livelihood for at least six months after he was nabbed as part of a VicRoads safety blitz in a Melbourne suburb.

Officers currently patrolling the Laverton North industrial following a spate of truck-related issues caught the driver last night, who was described as being lost and drunk.

The driver, aged in his 20s, blew 0.117 on a breathalyser – over twice the legal limit for the truck he was driving.

"The driver was travelling from Berwick to St Kilda when VicRoads officers noticed him exiting the Princes Freeway in the dark without his headlights on," a VicRoads regional director, Nial Finegan, says.

Officers called in the police after pulling the driver over and noticing his drunken behaviour. He was fined and lost his licence for six months.

The VicRoads officers who caught the driver are from the department’s Transport Safety Services divison, which is focused on heavy vehicle compliance and regulation.

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