A high-visibility road safety enforcement campaign conducted across the South Coast over the weekend has resulted in multiple charges being laid for drink and drug driving, burnouts, using mobile phones while driving and not wearing seatbelts.
The high-visibility operation was enforced across Nowra and Bay and Basin between Friday, January 29 and Sunday, January 31, 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 while suspended.
The 33-year-old woman allegedly returned a breath reading more than three times the limit, 0.161 when she was stopped around 7pm on Saturday on Larmer Avenue, Sanctuary Point.
The woman was stopped for a random breath test which returned a positive result and 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.
She was issued with a court attendance notice for high range drink driving and driving while suspended and will appear at Nowra Local Court on March 8.
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.
A 22-year-old man has been charged with possessing a prohibited drug.
The man was stopped by police on Island Point Road, St Georges Basin for random testing around 2.45pm on Saturday.
After speaking with the man, police conducted a search of his vehicle and located a prohibited drug in the glove box.
He will appear in court at a later date.
Just before 5pm on 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.
He will be issued with a court attendance notice to appear in court at a later date.
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