Jail no deterrent for repeat drink-driver

IT seems the drink-drive message is still not getting through to some people.

A Grafton man jailed in 2007 for drink-driving and disqualified driving had been out of jail five months when he was busted doing it again.

Matthew Wayne Norris, 25, was convicted of mid-range drink-driving and disqualified driving at Grafton Local Court on Monday.

It was his fourth drink-drive offence in four years, and his eighth disqualified driving offence since 2002.

His seventh disqualified driving offence at the start of last year resulted in him being declared a habitual offender.

Norris was under the supervision of probation and parole when caught drink-driving in South Grafton on Saturday.

Norris, of Davey Avenue, was sentenced to 12 months jail with a non-parole period of nine months. He was also disqualified from holding a licence until 2022.

Police said Norris' long driving record showed a blatant disregard for the law.

Norris was one of 23 people facing court for drink-driving in the Clarence Valley this week.

Twenty of those people appeared at Maclean Local Court on Tuesday - mainly on charges of mid-range drink-driving.

And, in a warning to Clarence boaties, one man fronted court charged with operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol.

Men were significantly over-represented.

Of the 20 people charged with drink-driving, four were women and 16 were men.

Only two of the accused were teenagers - an 18-year-old woman and a 19-year-old-man - while three were aged in their 60s.

Half of them were charged with mid-range drink-driving, while four faced high-range charges.

The other five were there on low-range charges.

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