Motorway Driver Allegedly 4.5 Times Over Legal Alcohol Limit
Five people were charged with high-range drink driving across the state on Christmas Eve day.
A 49-year-old man who was allegedly detected travelling at speeds of more than 160 kilometres an hour on the M2 Motorway in Sydney's north-west, has also been charged with high-range drink driving.
The driver who was stopped just after 6am on Monday morning, allegedly returned a breath analysis of 0.228, more than four times the legal limit.
He will appear at Parramatta Local Court in February.
He is one of 19 people charged with drink-driving offences after more than 46,000 random breath tests were carried out across the state on Monday.
Four others were charged with high-range drink driving in one day, including a 34-year-old and a 29-year-old who allegedly returned breath analyses of 0.161 and 0.189, respectively.
At Cessnock in the state's Hunter Region, a 38-year-old woman who hit a gutter before puncturing her tires, allegedly returned a breath analysis of 0.221.
A 44-year-old man also had his licence suspended after allegedly failing to stop at an intersection when he collided with another vehicle in Minto. Police said he returned a positive breath test and later returned a breath analysis of 0.206.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, Traffic & Highway Patrol Commander warned all road users including drivers, passengers and pedestrians to consider the influence of alcohol on their decision making.
“Police are disappointed that people continue to behave irresponsibly on the roads and put others' lives at risk,” 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,” he said.
“Alcohol leaves the body slowly, which means you could very well still be over the limit the next day."
Police said they issued nearly 900 speeding fines to drivers and more than 1000 infringement notices for other driving offence.
Operation Safe arrival will continue until January 1.
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