Police have issued a warning about the dangers of high-strength alcohol mini-cans after a woman was caught drinking driving on Tuesday despite claiming she didn't know she was over the alcohol limit.
Camperdown police Senior Constable Tony McLauchlan said police received a number of calls from members of the public about the 52-year-old woman's driving late Tuesday afternoon.
"There were a couple of calls from the Colac area and we went out on patrol," he said.
"The woman was intercepted near Pomborneit on the Princes Highway heading home from Colac to Warrnambool about 5pm."
Senior Constable McLauchlan said the woman admitted drinking high-strength bourbon small cans.
Some of those beverages are 12 per cent in 200ml cans rating at 1.9 standard drinks.
"She recorded a positive preliminary breath test and then an evidentiary reading of .132 - more than two and a half times the legal limit," Senior Constable McLauchlan said.
"We asked the woman did she think she was over the limit and she said: 'No'."
The woman lost her licence for 13 months and received a fine of about $800.
"Those cans are known as bullets and really pack a punch," Senior Constable McLauchlan said.
"People need to be aware that even small cans like the Woodstock this woman had been drinking are almost two standard drinks and just a couple will put a driver over the legal limit.
"They are a relatively new product with a high alcohol content and people need to be aware they could very quickly go above the legal alcohol limit for a fully licensed driver very quickly," he said.
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