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Liberal MP Tim Smith resigns after crashing car driving more than twice legal limit

Oct 31, 2021

Senior Liberal MP and shadow attorney-general Tim Smith has resigned from the shadow cabinet after crashing into another car while driving at more than twice the legal blood-alcohol limit.

Mr Smith released a statement on Sunday afternoon, saying he had made a “serious error of judgement”.

Shadow attorney-general Tim Smith lost his licence overnight for drink-driving. Credit:Paul Jeffers

After dinner with friends I believed I was under the legal limit to drive home,” he said. “This was not the case.”

“I apologise to my constituents, my colleagues, my family and the people of Victoria who expect their elected representatives to uphold the highest standards of behaviour.

“Today I tendered my resignation from the shadow cabinet to the Leader of the Opposition, which he has accepted.”

Victoria Police said emergency services were called to reports a car had collided with another vehicle before crashing into a fence on Power Street, Hawthorn, about 9pm on Saturday.

“The driver of the vehicle, a 38-year-old Kew man, tested positive for alcohol and was taken to a police station where he returned an evidentiary breath test reading of 0.131,” Victoria Police said in a statement.

“The man had his licence immediately suspended and will receive an infringement notice for exceed prescribed concentration of alcohol. No one was injured in the incident.”

Mr Smith is one of the Opposition Leader Matthew Guy’s closest confidantes and was instrumental in his return to the leadership in September.

In July 2018, Mr Guy put pressure on former Liberal upper house MP Simon Ramsay to resign from state politics after having been caught drink-driving. He had blown a reading of 0.19 per cent – almost four times over the legal limit of .05 – shortly after being intercepted by police in Barwon Heads.

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