A 19-year-old Nowra man was one of 269 people charged with drink-driving offences during Operation Slow Down over the long weekend.
The man was charged with drink-driving, driving a stolen and unregistered vehicle and driving without a driver’s licence.
Officers from Wollongong Highway Patrol stopped a grey van on Corrimal Street, Wollongong, at about 6.30am Monday.
Officers submitted the driver to a breath test, which returned a positive result.
The man was arrested and taken to Wollongong Police Station, where a breath-analysis test returned an alleged reading of 0.130.
Further inquiries revealed the man had never held a NSW driver’s licence, and that the van was stolen, unregistered and uninsured.
The man was subsequently charged with driving with middle range PCA; take and drive conveyance without consent of owner; driver never licensed; use unregistered motor vehicle on the road; and use uninsured motor vehicle.
He was due to appear in Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday.
Nine people lost their lives on NSW roads over the Labour Day long weekend – five more than in the same period last year.
The current NSW road toll for 2013 is 258, which is 28 fewer than the same time last year.
Operation Slow Down started at 12am on Friday and concluded at 11.59pm Monday.
Double demerits were in force over this entire period for speeding, seat-belt and motorcycle-helmet offences.
There were 410 major crashes reported on NSW roads during Operation Slow Down this year, resulting in injuries to 128 people.
Police performed a total of 180,716 breath tests over the long weekend [19 per cent more than 2012] and charged 269 people with drink-driving offences.
That is significantly fewer than last year’s 425 offences.
There was an increased number of speeding infringements from 4131 in 2012 to 4924 during Operation Slow Down 2013.