Five charged with high-range drink-driving on day four of Operation Safe Arrival

A driver who returned an alleged breath analysis of 0.228 in Sydney’s north-west, was one of five people charged with high-range drink-driving during day four of Operation Safe Arrival.

Just after 6am, a 49-year-old man was stopped on the M2 Motorway, Baulkham Hills, after allegedly being detected travelling over 160 km/h in a 100km/h zone.

He returned a positive result and later returned a breath analysis of 0.228. The man was charged with high-range drink-driving, exceed speed greater than 45km/h and had his licence suspended. He will appear at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday 6 February 2019.

While no fatal crashes were recorded across NSW, police are disappointed to report that 19 people were charged with drink-driving offences after more than 46,000 random breath tests were conducted on Christmas Eve.

Nearly 900 speeding fines were issued to drivers and more than 1,100 infringement notices issued for other driving offences.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, Traffic & Highway Patrol Commander, said as Christmas celebrations continue across the state today, road users need to think about the influence alcohol has on their ability to make decisions as a driver, passenger or pedestrian.

“Police are disappointed that people continue to behave irresponsibility on the roads and put others lives at risk,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

“Those who wish to consume alcohol during festive celebrations, need to have a Plan B and think about a designated driver for the next morning as well.”

“Alcohol leaves the body slowly, which means you could very well still be over the limit the next day,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

Some examples of inappropriate driver behaviour during day four (Monday 24 December 2018) of Operation Safe Arrival include;

  • About 1.30am, a 34-year-old man was stopped on the Hume Highway, Warwick Farm, for the purposes of a random breath test. He returned a positive result and later returned a breath analysis of 0.161. The man was charged with high-range drink-driving and had his licence suspended. He will appear at Liverpool Local Court on Wednesday 30 January 2019.
  • About 3.10am, a 38-year-old woman was stopped after hitting with a gutter and puncturing her vehicles tyres on Wollombi Road, Cessnock. She returned a positive result and later returned a breath analysis of 0.221. The woman was charged with high-range drink-driving and had her licence suspended. She will appear at local court in 2019.
  • Just before 8.30pm, a 29-year-old woman was stopped for the purposes of a random breath test on Mate Street, Albury. She returned a positive result and later returned a breath analysis of 0.189. The woman was charged with high-range drink-driving and will appear at Albury Local Court on Monday 4 February 2019.
  • About 9.35pm, a 44-year-old man was stopped on Ben Lomond Road, Minto, after allegedly failing to stop at an intersection and colliding with another vehicle. He returned a positive breath test and later returned a breath analysis of 0.206. The man was charged with high-range drink-driving and had his licence suspended. He will appear at Campbelltown Local Court on Monday 4 February 2019.

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