Easter blitz nets nine drink drivers

LIKE Easter, the monthly crackdowns on drink driving and other offences in the Lower River have become tradition.

But last weekend the number of Clarence Valley residents netted in the Easter weekend operation was down, with tourists more highly represented than usual.

Numbers were down compared with previous months, with nine drivers caught drink driving between Thursday and Sunday morning.

But added to that figure were dozens of speeding, seatbelt and other infringements, each of them attracting tougher penalties due to NSW police's enforcement of safer driving over the holiday period.

Most of the those caught were nabbed at Maclean, Yamba, Lawrence, Woombah and Townsend.

One man returned a positive breath test as he sat in his car waiting to board the Lawrence Ferry, while a woman who refused a test in Yamba on Saturday night automatically lost her licence under a presump- tion of a high range reading.

Another man travelling through South Grafton along the Pacific Highway was caught four times over the legal limit with a reading of 0.20 at 9am on Friday.

Highway patrol officer Senior Constable Darren Bartrim provided an example as a warning to drivers who continued to speed during the holiday period.

"We got a Gold Coast bloke on Saturday night driving down Yamba Road doing 86km/h in a 50km/h zone," he said.

"He's been doing 30km/h over the limit so that's four points and with double demerits, that's eight (demerit points) straight away, plus a $579 fine."

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