Local road blitz targets alcohol and fatigue

A DRINK driver with an unrestrained five-month-old child in the back seat was among those arrested in the first three days of Operation Safe Arrival. 

Police from Shoalhaven Local Area Command issued sixty driving infringements on local roads in that period.

Twenty-six speeding infringements, 31 other infringement notices and three drink-driving offences were made with police specifically targeting alcohol, drug impaired drivers, speeding drivers, seatbelt offences and fatigued drivers. 

A 33-year-old woman was stopped by police on Kalandar Sreet, Nowra for a Random Breath Test (RBT) around 12.50pm on Monday, December 23.

The woman underwent a breath analysis and returned a reading of 0.074.

Police said a five-month-old child was travelling unrestrained inside the vehicle.

Another incident involved a 23-year-old woman from Griffith driving a black Holden Astra, who was stopped for a breath test at 1.40am on Sunday, December 22.

The woman failed to negotiate an intersection at Garside Road and Carroll Street, Mollymook.

Police followed the vehicle on to Forest Road, South of Nowra where the woman returned a positive RBT reading. 

She was arrested and taken to Ulladulla Police Station where another breath analysis resulted in a reading of 0.089. 

The woman was issued a court attendance notice to appear at the Milton Local Court on Thursday, February 13. 

In another incident, a 33-year-old Nowra motorcyclist was stopped by an RBT on the Princes Highway, Nowra on Saturday, December 21 at 9.40am.

He returned a reading of 0.059 and was charged with low range PCA.

Police said Statewide 131 people have been caught not wearing a seatbelt since Operation Safe Arrival commenced.

Police are asking the majority of drivers who do the right thing to continue doing so and report any poor driving in the following weeks.

Double demerit provisions apply from December 20 to January 1 inclusive.

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