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23 drug drivers nabbed in four-day blitz

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Of 1265 drivers tested during a four-day Police traffic blitz last week and over the weekend, 23 were found to have drugs in their system.

Officers from the Traffic Operations Group working with officers from the South Coast Police District conducting alcohol and drug testing at roadside locations in Nowra, Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and Eden.

A total of 2195 breath tests and 1265 drug tests were conducted and, of those tested, police say 23 drivers returned positive indications for drugs.

A 52-year-old male was stopped after trying to avoid the RBT site where he returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.241. He was charged with high range PCA and driving with a suspended licence.

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Bikies linked to drug raids at Nowra, Bomaderry and Culburra

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Police have confirmed the three men and two women arrested following raids at homes in Nowra, Culburra and Bomaderry this morning, have links to outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Five people have been arrested following an investigation into the supply of illicit drugs.

Following an extensive investigation, strike force investigators, with the assistance of the South East Region Enforcement Squad and Dog Unit, executed search warrants at three homes about 6am, with three men, aged 18, 34 and 29 and two women, aged 30 and 39, arrested and taken to Nowra Police Station.

South Coast Police District Crime Manager Detective Inspector Scott Nelson says five people are in custody at Nowra Police Station and face charges in relation to a range of drug supply offences and participation in criminal groups after police located ice, methamphetamine, cash,  a BMW sedan, property believed to be stolen, jewellery and prohibited weapons during the raids.

Det Insp Nelson says all five are part of a drug supply network and participated in a known criminal group with links to a motorcycle gang.

"Unfortunately, everything leads back to bikies. They are the enemy of the community," he said.

He says police will continue to suppress and disrupt activities carried out by these "scavengers of human misery".

People who purchase and use these drugs are "playing Russian Roulette" with their lives, Det Insp Nelson added.

"I want to assure the good people of our community that we know who these people are, and we are working on it."

Strike Force Splinter was established by South Coast Police District in June 2020 to investigate the large supply of prohibited drugs in the Nowra area.

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Body found at Wilton

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The body of a man reported missing from Wilton earlier this month has been located in bushland.

The 27-year-old man was last seen on Ambrose Drive in Wilton on Tuesday November 16.

Officers attached to Camden Police Area Command commenced inquiries into his whereabouts.

On Saturday - a body was located in bushland at Wilton.

The body is yet to be formally identified, but it is believed to be that of the missing man

There are no suspicious circumstances, and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

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Bus & trailer crash at Yerrinbool

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Emergency Services have been called to a crash involving a bus and trailer at Yerrinbool.

The incident started just before 1pm in the southbound lanes of the Hume Highway near Church Avenue.

Two of three southbound lanes are closed and there are heavy traffic conditions in the area.

Motorists can expect delays.

It's not known whether anybody has been injured.

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Cannabis & weapons bust in the Shoalhaven

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A Falls Creek man has been charged with alleged drug and weapon-related offences.

Just before 9am on Wednesday, Police served a Firearms Prohibition Order and a Weapons Prohibition Order on a 36-year-old man, after a vehicle stop on West Bunberra Street in Bomaderry.

Shortly after, officers carried out a search of a home on the Old Princes Highway at Falls Creek.

During the search, they found a power bypass system which led to the discovery of five large cannabis plants and a hydroponic cannabis setup.

Officers uncovered half a kilogram of cannabis, throwing knives, and a slingshot

Four registered firearms and ammunition were also taken from the home.

The 36-year-old man, was arrested at Nowra Police Station today.

He was charged with cultivate prohibited plant, possess prohibited drug, possess prohibited weapon, and use/consume/waste electricity without authority.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear in Nowra Local Court on Friday December 10.

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Crash between motorcycle & vehicle at Mittagong

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Emergency Services have been called to a crash between a motorcycle and vehicle at Mittagong.

The incident took place just after nine o'clock last night on Bowral Road near Pioneer Street.

A 19 year old man who was riding the motorcycle was treated at the scene and then airlifted from the Mittagong Sportsground to Liverpool Hospital.

He suffered head and leg injuries and was in a serious but stable condition.

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Culburra police building gifted to Cullunghutti

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A demountable building that formerly housed Culburra Police Station, has today been gifted by the NSW Police Force to Nowra's Cullunghutti Aboriginal Child and Family Centre.

The building will be relocated from its current position on Culburra Road to the centre’s premises on Holloway Road, Nowra, where it will primarily be used for the provision of therapy services.

South Coast Police District Commander, Superintendent Greg Moore APM, said the donation has been welcomed by the local community.

“We are proud to be able to gift this building to a very worthwhile and much needed Aboriginal community centre,” Supt Moore said.

“When we heard the centre needed additional building space to accommodate our local Aboriginal children, we jumped at the opportunity to help out where we could.

“The partnership between police and our local Aboriginal community is instrumental in building positive relationships and breaking down any barriers that may exist.

“We look forward to continuing our positive relationship with our local Aboriginal community.”

The Cullunghutti Aboriginal Child and Family Centre is a not-for-profit organisation managed by the local Aboriginal community.

The centre brings together a range of early childhood, health, and family support services to improve education, health, wellbeing, and quality of life for Aboriginal children and families.

The building will be removed from its original site on Wednesday March 31.

Disqualified learner charged after drugs and machete allegedly found in Nowra car search

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A 38-year-old man has been refused bail after being arrested in Nowra on Saturday night.

Highway Patrol officers attached to Strike Force Puma tried to stop a Mercedes on the Princes Highway but the driver allegedly kept driving before jumping out of the moving vehicle.

Officers chased him down on foot, before discovering the man's learner’s licence was disqualified for 30 years in 2009.

He was also wanted for an outstanding warrant.

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Police searched the vehicle and allegedly found seven grams of methylamphetamine in resealable bags, a machete, hand flare, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia.

He was charged with a number of traffic offences, as well as supplying a prohibited drug, having custody of a knife in a public place, possessing a bright light distress signal and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

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Drug bust at High Range

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Police have uncovered drugs, during a vehicle stop at High Range.

Just before seven last night, Mittagong Highway Patrol stopped a Mitsubishi Magna on Wombeyan Caves Road and spoke to the driver, a 46-year-old woman.

She returned a positive roadside drug test.

During a search of the vehicle, Officers allegedly uncovered five bags of a white crystal substance – believed to be ice, weighing about 17 grams

They also found drug paraphernalia and prescription medication.

The Marulan woman was arrested and taken to Southern Highlands Police Station, where she underwent a secondary oral fluid sample that again returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

She was charged with supply prohibited drug – indictable quantity, possess equipment used to administer prohibited drug, and goods in personal custody suspected being stolen.

The 46 year old was granted conditional bail to appear in Moss Vale Local Court on Tuesday February 1 2022.

 

Fatal crash at Currarong

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Emergency Services have been called to a fatal crash at Currarong.

Just before 11 o'clock this morning, a Subaru Forester and Hyundai Sedan collided on Currarong Road.

A female driver died at the scene and is yet to be formally identified.

A male driver was treated by Paramedics for minor injuries before being taken to Wollongong Hospital as a precaution.

He'll undergo mandatory testing.

Officers from the South Coast Police District attended and established a crime scene.

Investigations are continuing.

Traffic in both directions is heavily impacted and drivers are being asked to avoid the area.

Police are asking anyone with information or dashcam footage to contact Nowra Police Station on 4421 9699 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000

Fatal crash at Sanctuary Point

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A man has died in a single vehicle crash at Sanctuary Point.

About 12.20am on Saturday, emergency services were called to the intersection of The Wool Road and Lamar Avenue, after a Mitsubishi ute struck a tree.

The 41-year-old male driver and sole occupant of the vehicle died at the scene.

Officers from South Coast Police District established a crime scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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Major cannabis bust in Mittagong

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Police have uncovered more than $500,000 worth of cannabis after executing a search warrant at a home in Mittagong.

Last month, Officers from the Southern Highlands Proactive Crime Team started an investigation into hydroponic cultivation of cannabis in the Southern Highlands region.

About 8am yesterday, officers from the PCT, Hume Detectives, The Hume Drug Unit, the Dog Unit and Public Order and Riot Squad, raided a house on the Old Hume Highway.

The unoccupied building had been significantly modified and constructed as a sophisticated hydroponic setup.

Multiple electrical transformers were found in the ceiling cavity and all the windows had been sealed.

Police uncovered 156 plants in various stages of growth and over five kilograms of cannabis leaf.

A crime scene was set up and was forensically examined by specialist police.

Investigations are continuing and police from The Hume Police District are appealing for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Man caught speeding & drink driving in Bomaderry

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A Nowra man caught speeding in Bomaderry has returned a high range blood alcohol reading.

Just after midnight on Sunday, Nowra Highway Patrol clocked a Proton Sedan travelling along Meroo Road at 108 in a 50 zone.

A pursuit was initiated after the driver failed to pull over.

The Proton eventually stopped in Alfred Street, Bomaderry, and the driver – a 38-year-old man – was arrested after allegedly resisting officers.

He was taken back to Nowral Police Station where he allegedly returned a blood alcohol reading of point 167.

The man was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, exceed speed limit – over 45km/h, drive with high-range PCA, and resist police officer in execution of duty.

His driver’s licence was suspended.

The 38 year old was granted conditional bail to appear in Nowra Local Court on Tuesday April 12.

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Man charged with alleged traffic & property offences in Nowra

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A man has been charged in connection with alleged traffic and property related offences in Nowra.

Around 1:30pm yesterday, Police were patrolling Clipper Road, when they saw a man run into a home.

When Officers went to check what was going on, they were confronted by another man who tried to get in the way of their inquiries.

During a search of the home, Police found a the man hiding in a bedroom ,before he allegedly became aggressive towards them and smashed a window.

The 22 year old tried to escape through the window and was chased by two male Senior Constables.

He was arrested a short time later, trying to get in to a taxi.

The Bomaderry man was taken to Shoalhaven District Hospital under police guard for treatment of lacerations.

He was eventually taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with the following:

*Receive/dispose stolen property – indictable offence,
*take and drive conveyance without consent of owner,
*assault officer in execution of duty,
*resist officer in execution of duty (x2),
*assault police officer in execution of duty cause actual bodily harm,
*never licensed person drive vehicle on road - prior offence,
*use unregistered registrable Class A motor vehicle on road, and,
*motor bike rider (alone) not wear/secure fit approved helmet.

He was refused bail to appear in Nowra Local Court today.

The two senior constables also received treatment to lacerations caused by the broken glass.

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Man charged with Moss Vale stabbing

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A Mittagong man has been charged in connection with the alleged stabbing of another man in Moss Vale.

Just after 8pm on Friday August 6, Emergency Services were called to Parkes Road, after reports of a brawl.

Police rushed to the scene and found a 22-year-old man with stab wounds to his back.

He was treated at the scene by Paramedics before being airlifted to Liverpool Hospital in a serious condition.

He has since been discharged.

Strike Force Briwood was set up to to investigate the incident.

About 2:30pm yesterday a man was arrested at a motel in Lagoon Street, Goulburn.

During a search, Officers found a quantity of methylamphetamine.

The 21-year-old was taken to Goulburn Police Station and charged with wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, possess prohibited drug, and not comply with noticed direction – COVID-19.

The Mittagong man has been refused bail and will appear at Goulburn Local Court today.

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Man in coma after assault in Tahmoor

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Police are seeking information about a vicious assault which took place at Tahmoor last week and left a man in a coma.

About 5am Monday December 27, Emergency Services were called to a carpark in Thirlmere Way, where they found a 20 year old man with serious facial and head injuries.

Officers from the Camden Police Area Command established a crime scene and started an investigation into the circumstances of the assault.

Police have been told a small hatchback was seen to arrive and leave the scene during the alleged assault.

Police want to speak with witnesses, or anyone with knowledge of the incident, vehicles or occupants.

They should contact Camden Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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More police heading to the Shoalhaven

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The Illawarra, South Coast and Southern Highlands are to get their biggest allocation of new police recruits in a long time.

They graduate from the Police Academy in Goulburn today.

Five will be heading to the South Coast, four to Lake Illawarra, four to the Hume PD and seven to Wollongong.

In all 269 probationary constables will take up positions at PD's across the state... starting Monday.

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Mum calls for action after sons attacked in Mollymook

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A Mollymook mother is appealing for people to be proactive about racism after her two Australian Egyptian sons were attacked in a Mollymook Park on Monday afternoon.

Emily Richardson says her sons, Ziad aged 18 and Nazar, 15, were set upon at a park in Mitchell Parade by two men and a woman who threw bottles and racially abused them before jumping on the bonnet of their car and smashing the windscreen.

Police were called and arrested one of the alleged attackers, a man in his 20s, who will face Milton Court in January.

Ms Richardson has received incredible support from the community, however she says it's not the first time her sons have been the victims of racism.

"I keep telling the boys take the high road - you can't react badly because that's just giving them what they want," she said.

"I tell them to just try and be the peacemaker.

"You can't change people's attitudes if you react in anger, but it's getting harder because they are angry when these things happen.

"How many more times will I have to tell them to de-escalate, to take the high road, that they can't control other people's actions, they can only control their own reactions?"

Ms Richardson said her sons were scared and jumped in their car to try and get away.

"They called them the N-word, they hurled racial slurs at them and threw beer bottles at them," she said.

"Then, for good measure, one of them jumped on our car and kicked in the windscreen."

Ms Richardson says she has had "incredible" support from the community, including Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley who said she was "really shocked that this happened just down the road from where I live".

"I’m not that naive to think that racism doesn’t exist in our city - for it most certainly does - but we need to find a way to get rid of it - it serves only hateful purpose," Cr Findley added.

"Nazar and Ziad are beautiful young men respected by their peers and loved in this community."

Ms Richardson is calling for people in the community to take a stand against racism and be proactive.

"It's not enough anymore to say you're not racist," she said, "being not racist and being anti-racist is not the same thing - one is passive, the other is active.

"Don't think that this kind of stuff isn't happening, because it is. Regularly. Often. All the time."

Ziad was the 2020 vice captain at Ulladulla High School and was awarded the year 12 Citizenship Award on Monday.

He plays basketball with the Illawarra Hawkes and is a member of the Mollymook Surf Lifesaving Club.

He has been offered early entry into Wollongong University and, in his school leadership role, has advocated strongly against racism, encouraging students to show their support by wearing one black and one white sock. 

Nazar is the former school captain of Milton Public School and both boys have been involved in the Milton Follies Theatre group and played in representative basketball teams.

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Pair arrested over string of pharmacy robberies

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Two men, from Bawley Point and Mollymook, have been charged after allegedly robbing five pharmacies in Nowra, Callala Bay, Batemans Bay and Tomakin late last week.

Between Thursday March 25 and Friday March 26, break and enters were reported at pharmacies in the Batemans Bay/Tomakin areas, Nowra and Callala Bay.

Police were notified and officers from the South Coast Police District Proactive Crime Team commenced an investigation.

Following inquiries, a 23-year-old man was arrested at a home in Bawley Point.

A search of the home revealed prescription medication, approximately six kilograms of cannabis and ammunition.

Following further inquiries, a 33-year-old man was arrested at a home in Mollymook.

A search of the home revealed cannabis, knuckle dusters and goods believed to be stolen during the pharmacy robberies.

All seized items will undergo forensic examination.

Both men were arrested and taken to Ulladulla Police Station.

The 23-year-old man was charged with five counts of aggravated break, enter and steal, and possess prohibited drug.

He was bail refused by police and granted conditional bail the following day, to appear in Nowra Local Court on  May 24.

The 33-year-old man was charged with five counts of aggravated break, enter and steal, and cultivate prohibited plant.

He was bail refused by police and granted conditional bail the following day, to appear in Nowra Local Court on May 24.

Police investigating death of man in Nowra

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Police are investigating the death of a man in Nowra.

Around four o'clock this morning, Police were called to Nowra Lane, near Worrrigee Street after a man was found unconscious, with abdomen injuries.

Officers from the South Coast Police District, started CPR, before Paramedics arrived.

The man died at Shoalhaven Hospital a short time later and is yet to be formally identified.

A crime scene has been established in Nowra Lane and road closures are currently in place.

Investigations are underway, and police are urging anyone with information, to come forward.

Police patrols ramp up as school holidays end

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As the school holidays come to an end, road users can expect to see officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command out in force to ensure that all travellers return home safely.

The high visibility operation began Thursday and will continue until Monday July 20 across the state’s regional and metropolitan road network.

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Drivers can expect to see police stationed across the state, conducting speed enforcement duties and random breath testing to ensure compliance with the road rules and to make sure all road users make it home safely.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb, urged people to think of other road users before they get behind the wheel.

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“Sadly, there has been 170 people killed on our roads this year and we do not want to see that figure increase,” Assistant Commissioner Webb said.

“With people returning home for the end of school holidays, there’s likely to be more cars on our roads and an increase in traffic.

“We encourage drivers to be patient, slow down, put away your mobile phones and don’t drink drive or consume illicit substances.

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“Driver fatigue is one of our biggest killers, which means all drivers should be well-rested before they start their journey. If you are tired, stop and have a break.

“If we all obey the road rules, we can work together to make sure everyone reaches their destination safely,” Assistant Commissioner Webb said.

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Search for missing rock fisher at Kiama

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A search is underway for a man feared swept off rocks while fishing at Kiama.

Family reported a 34 year old man missing after he failed to return to his Fairfield home overnight.

Officers from Lake Illawarra Police located the man’s car this morning (Wednesday 16 March 2022), parked at Marsden Heads, south of the Kiama blowhole.

Police have confirmed the man was seen walking towards the rock ledge about midday yesterday (Tuesday 15 March 2022), and personal possessions have been found on the rocks.

A widespread search is now underway involving local police, Marine Area Command, PolAir, Marine Rescue NSW, and Surf Life Saving NSW.

It’s unknown if the man was wearing a life jacket.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Spitter charged with assaulting Police following an alleged break and enter

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An Ulladulla man has been charged after allegedly assaulting a police officer following a break and enter in the Shoalhaven.

Police were called to a home on Page Avenue, North Nowra late Saturday night, after reports a man entered the premises of an elderly couple.

The man fled the home to a nearby school, with officers arresting him following a foot pursuit.

Officers deployed OC spray during the arrest before the 44-year-old man allegedly spat and coughed on police while claiming he had COVID-19.

During a search of the school boundary, officers located items believed to have been stolen from the home.

He was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with aggravated break and enter, commit a serious indictable offence, stalk/intimidate intend fear physical, harm, demand property with menace, destroy or damage property, assault police, and not comply noticed direction re spitting/coughing - COVID-19.

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Stalking and fraud charges against Southern Region officer

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A police officer has been charged with a number of offences in the state’s Southern Region.

On Friday a 42-year-old Sergeant – attached to Southern Region – was charged with unauthorised modification of data with intent to cause impairment, dealing with identification information, stalking or intimidation with intent to cause fear of physical or mental harm, and two counts of fraud.

He is due to appear before Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday March 14.

Investigators from the Professional Standards Command (PSC) will allege in court the officer committed various fraud, identity and intimidation offences in late 2017.

The officer’s duty status is currently under review.

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Vicious assault at Lake Tabourie

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South Coast Police are seeking information about an assault which took place at Lake Tabourie.

About 12:30am Saturday January 1, ( New Years morning ), a man was allegedly attacked by two other men while on his way back to a caravan park.

The victim suffered cuts, bruising and had a number of teeth knocked out.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Ulladulla Police on 4454 8599.

The Police report number is E88298286.

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Weekend traffic blitz lands drivers in court

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Multiple charges have been laid during a high-visibility road safety enforcement campaign conducted across the South Coast over the weekend.

The high-visibility operation was enforced across Nowra and Bay and Basin targeting criminal activity and poor driver behaviour on roads.

Nowra Traffic and Highway Patrol and the Proactive Crime Unit conducted the operation that focused on speeding, drink and drug-driving, not wearing seatbelts, using a mobile phone behind the wheel and fatigue.

During the operation, police conducted 184 random breath tests and charged one woman with high range drink driving.

Police conducted 79 random drug tests, with 15 people returning a positive indication for the presence of a prohibited drug. Six people were allegedly found in possession of prohibited drugs.

An additional 29 Traffic Infringement Notices were issued for a range of offences including burnouts, distraction devices and seatbelts.

About 2.45pm on Saturday January 30, police stopped a 22-year-old man on Island Point Road, St Georges Basin for random testing.

After speaking with the man, police conducted a search of his vehicle and located a prohibited drug in the glove box. The man will be issued with a Court Attendance Notice to appear in court at a later date.

Just before 5pm on Saturday January 30, police stopped a 21-year-old man, on Ethel Street, Sanctuary Point for random testing.

Checks revealed the man was disqualified from driving. The man will be issued with a Court Attendance Notice to appear in court at a later date.

About 7pm on Saturday January 30, police stopped a 33-year-old woman on Larmer Avenue, Sanctuary Point, for a random breath test which returned a positive result.

The woman was arrested and taken to Bay and Basin Police Station where a breath analysis returned a reading of 0.161.

Further checks revealed that the woman’s license was suspended. The woman was issued with a Court Attendance Notice for drive with the high range PCA and drive while suspended, to appear at Nowra Local Court on 8 March 2021.