Mum blows 0.169 with three kids in the back seat

DRUNK, swerving across a suburban road in the early hours of the morning, all with three children in the back seat.

Those are the allegations against a Brisbane mother who was charged with driving under the influence when she allegedly registered a blood-alcohol reading of 0.169 - more than three times over the legal limit - at Mountain Creek about 2.30am yesterday.

Maroochydore police intercepted the 27-year-old woman on Karawatha Dr after reports she was driving in a poor manner, swerving across the road in her LandCruiser.

Sergeant Grant Wilcox said if proved, the incident was "shocking", especially given her three children, under the age of six, were in the car at the time.

He said the mother allegedly was heading back to Brisbane when she was spotted by police.

"She was obviously swerving all over the roadway and had her three small children in the car, so it's just terrible," Sgt Wilcox alleged.

"This is a risk for not just herself, but her three children and other road users.

"This is classed as high-range drink-driving."

The woman will not be allowed to drive until her fate is determined by a magistrate on January 10.

The disturbing incident comes as police hit the streets, highways and Noosa North Shore beach this weekend in a major Christmas traffic blitz. "We'd like to remind everyone of the fatal five: speeding, fatigue, not wearing a seatbelt, distraction and drink-driving," Sgt Wilcox said.

"Given the terrible accidents we have had lately, we will be continuing to police all roads, even those in the suburbs."

"THIS just shows that we can be anywhere, anytime and this incident is proof of the fact that we will be intercepting drivers and breath-testing them no matter where,'' Sgt Wilcox said.

"Over the holiday season, we will have a lot more people being festive, but we don't want people to drive festively."

Police will be out in force at a number of sites at Mooloolaba and Maroochydore tonight as they continue their zero-tolerance approach to drink-driving and speeding.

Streets will be shut down as police conduct a combined good behaviour and traffic operation.



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