Sunshine Coast Daily

Police catch 24 drink drivers in blitz

THE drink driving message does not appear to be getting through to all Clarence Valley residents, with 24 people nabbed for drink driving in a 78-hour police operation last week.

Grafton Police acting inspector Brett Jackson said 1,607 people were breath-tested in the Coffs Clarence command between February 26 and 28 as part of the State-wide Operation Drink Drive One.

He said a 51-year-old man in Maclean recorded highest blood alcohol level in the command, registering .205, more than four times the legal limit.

The operation included high visibility policing and random breath testing across NSW, as well as advertisements and notices on television throughout the State.

While 24 people were arrested for drink driving in the Coffs Clarence command, there were also 22 other traffic charges, 46 speeding tickets and 74 other infringement notices issued for a range of driving offences during the period.

Acting inspector Jackson said overall it was a successful operation, although it was disappointing the drink driving message was not getting through to all motorists.

“It's concerning that some people still continue to flout laws and drink and drive,” he said.

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