Four times the limit and doing burnouts

A P-plater doing burnouts at Narooma on Christmas day has been cited by police as one of the worst incidents in the region.

About 2.15am on Wednesday the 19-year-old was allegedly doing burnouts and lost control of his car at the intersection of Glasshouse Rocks Road and Princes Highway, Narooma.

The car went down a steep embankment before coming to a stop. Officers from Far South Coast Local Area Command attended and breath-tested the driver, who returned a positive result. He was arrested and taken to Narooma Police Station allegedly returning a reading of 0.142. He was issued with a court attendance notice for mid-range PCA and had his licence was suspended.

Police say day Six of Operation Safe Arrival, the annual Christmas/New Year traffic enforcement campaign had pleasing results with no fatalities on Christmas Day, although 23 people were injured due to motor vehicle crashes. 

Two men died on Boxing Day morning on the M1 near Mooney Mooney on Day Seven of the campaign.

Wednesday, January 1 for speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences.

The state-wide campaign involves police targeting a range of offences, including drink and drug driving, speeding, fatigue, seatbelt use, mobile-phone use and other forms of dangerous driving.

The operation also aims to reduce the incidence of death and injury on NSW roads where there is traditionally an increased amount of road users.

NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said with a total of 241 drink-driving charges so far, motorists need to organise travel arrangements prior to going out and celebrating during this period, in order to get home safely.

“It is disappointing that people continue to drink and drive, with a 48-year-old man allegedly caught driving on the Central Coast nearly five times over the legal limit.

“In another incident a provisional driver, a 19-year-old man, was allegedly caught doing burnouts, losing control and crashing while allegedly being nearly four times over the limit.

“With 213,002 breath tests being conducted throughout NSW in the past six days, if you are going to drink and drive you will be caught.

“A timely reminder, as it continues to rain through this period, drivers need to ensure they drive to the conditions.

“Slow down, wear your seatbelt and obey road safety rules: it’s not worth dying or killing someone to get to your destination.” 

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