Sixteen caught in lower river

OPERATION Drink Drive Lower River has picked up its highest number of drink drivers over the weekend.

In a blitz on afternoons and nights from Thursday to Saturday a record 16 people were recorded over the limit.

Nine were local residents and, of the total, 10 were in the mid-range reading of 0.08 to 0.15 and had their licences immediately suspended.

"That is a hell of a lot, it is the most we have ever picked up in a three-day period, it's shocking," said Operation Drink Drive Lower River co-ordinator senior constable Bret Loveday, of Grafton highway patrol.

"The reason we started was the large number of alcohol related accidents, it was one of the highest areas in the state," he said.

In total Operation Drink Drive Lower River has picked up 84 drink drivers in the Lower Clarence area.

Six officers from Maclean, Yamba and highway patrol and general duties officers from Grafton conducted more than 400 tests.

Three vehicles and one stationary random breath test unit were staged in Iluka, Maclean, Womba and Yamba.

Four of the people found with a blood alcohol reading over the legal limit were exceeding the speed limit and six of those caught also did not have current drivers licences.



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