23 September 2019

Drunk drivers detected at Narooma and Bungendore in state-wide blitz

| Ian Campbell
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Photo: NSW Police Facebook

Photo: NSW Police Facebook

High range drunk drivers at Narooma and Bungendore have been arrested during a three-day police blitz on New South Wales roads.

As Operation Drink Drive 2 concluded on Sunday (November 4), police expressed disappointment at the choices some drivers are making.

Police conducted over 133,000 breath tests between Friday and Sunday, with 133 drink-drive charges laid, and 1928 speed infringements issued.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Acting Assistant Commissioner Julie Middlemiss says alcohol impairs your ability to control a vehicle and puts you more at risk of being involved in a crash.

“It is profoundly disappointing to see some drivers making some seriously bad decisions that not only put themselves at risk but every other road user around them.”

At Narooma, a 48-year-old man was charged with high range drink driving after his car crashed into a house.

The crash occurred just before 6 pm on Friday night (November 2). After returning a positive roadside breath test, the man was arrested and taken to Narooma Police Station where he returned a breath analysis reading of 0.238.

His driver’s licence was suspended. The 48-year-old will now face Narooma Local Court on November 15.

In Bungendore, a 29-year-old woman from Palmerston, ACT will appear at Queanbeyan Local Court next month after being charged with high-range drink driving.

Traffic and Highway Patrol officers stopped the woman’s car on Bungendore Road at Bungendore at about 7.20 pm on Saturday (November 3) after it was detected as being unregistered and uninsured.

Her eight-year-old daughter was in the car at the time it was stopped.

The woman returned a positive result to a roadside breath test and was arrested and taken to Bungendore Police Station where a subsequent breath analysis returned a reading of 0.186.

She was served with a Court Attendance Notice and will appear in Queanbeyan Local Court on December 3. Her authority to drive in NSW has also been removed. A child at risk incident has also been created.

“Even though this official statewide operation has ended, drivers right across New South Wales can expect to see further high profile random breath testing operations conducted under the enhanced enforcement funding program,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Middlemiss says.

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