A shotgun won’t help

Grabbing the front passenger seat in a car can be accompanied by a cry of “shotgun”.  Sometimes it’s followed by a police officer saying “busted”.

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On 24 December 2017 a driver in Rosebud, Australia, was driving home after a few celebratory glasses of champagne.  He encountered a police checkpoint and, while waiting, swapped seats with his (sober) wife.  This was observed by police, who asked him to take a breath test.  He was found to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.055 (the legal limit being 0.05).

The driver was charged with breaching §49(1)(b) of the Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic.).  He was dealt with in Dromana Magistrates Court.  It was noted that he had two prior drink-driving charges.  Lethbridge M noted that a fourth charge was likely to result in imprisonment.  On this occasion he was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined $750.00.

Police v Raymond (2018), Mornington Peninsula Leader, 1 May 2018, p.5.