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Police concerned with driver behaviour over Australia Day long weekend

January 30, 2024 10:18 am in by

Police are urging the community to think of others on the road after a significant number of dangerous driving incidents across the state during the Australia Day long weekend and summer holiday period.

Double demerit points were in force for the duration of the operation for speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt, and motorcycle helmet offences.

Police saw a concerning number of dangerous driving incidents, including excessive speed, high-range drink-driving, and reckless driving.

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Police issued 3,682 speed infringements, conducted 122,617 breath tests with 244 people charged with drink-driving, 543 positive roadside drug detections, and attended 302 major crashes, resulting in 110 people injured.

Four people died on NSW roads, compared to two for the same period the previous year (2023).

About 9.10pm on Thursday (25 January 2024), officers attached to Lake Illawarra Traffic and Highway Patrol stopped a vehicle on the Princes Highway at South Nowra and the driver, a 53-year-old woman was subjected to a roadside breath test, returning a positive result.

She was arrested and taken to Nowra Police Station where a secondary breath analysis returned an alleged reading of 0.224

She was issued a court attendance notice for High Range PCA and is due to appear at Nowra Local Court on Tuesday 20 February 2024.

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