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Drunk drivers shock police

Coffs/Clarence police have nabbed 17 drunk drivers in four days.
Coffs/Clarence police have nabbed 17 drunk drivers in four days.

POLICE from the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command (LAC) have expressed shock and disappointment at a recent spike in drink driving offences in the area recently.

According to police, 17 motorists were arrested and charged with drink driving offences in the four day period between March 29 and Sunday April 1 in the Coffs/Clarence area.

The four day explosion of drink driving began on Thursday March 29 when police arrested two men in separate incidents at Bellingen and Toormina - both allegedly returned positive breath tests and were charged with low range drink driving offences.

The run continued the next day, Friday March 30, when police patrolling the Pacific Highway between Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour and Sawtell netted five motorists allegedly driving with blood alcohol levels between .05 and 0.15. Three of the five charged with drink driving offences were provisional drivers which a police spokesperson said was of particular concern.

Unfortunately the trend continued for the rest of the weekend with another 10 motorists nabbed on the Pacific Highway in the Coffs/Clarence area with blood alcohol levels between .039 and .199.

Inspector Brendan Gorman from the Coffs/Clarence LAC said he was horrified by number of drink driving offences in such a short space of time and said these motorists were showing complete disregard to the law and the safety of themselves and other drivers.

"17 people arrested over a four-day period for drink-driving is ridiculous. Motorists need to get the message that drink-driving is dangerous and will not be tolerated," Insp Gorman said.

"Some of the alcohol-readings recorded are just unbelievable with one motorist found nearly three times over the legal limit."

The blood alcohol limit for unrestricted licence-holders in NSW is currently 0.05, 0.02 for heavy vehicle drivers and bus and taxi drivers and 0.00 for all drivers on learners and provisional licences.

For more information about drink driving and blood alcohol limits for drivers, visit rta.nsw.gov.au/roadsafety.

 

Topics:  coffs clarence local area command drink driving rbt



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