Police have targeted speeding motorists and those under the influence of drugs and alcohol during a high-visibility traffic enforcement operation on the South Coast.
Between Thursday (June 17) and Monday (June 21), officers attached to Far South Traffic and Highway Patrol - assisted by The Hume Southern Traffic Group, Nowra Proactive Crime Team and Batemans Bay Proactive Crime Team - conducted Operation Fume between Nowra and Eden.
During the operation, police conducted 366 random breath tests and 255 random drug tests, with five people caught drink-driving and 35 motorists with positive preliminary drug detections, which will undergo further analysis.
Police also issued 66 infringements and a further 11 for speeding.
Of note, a 29-year-old motorcyclist had his license immediately suspended and vehicle sanctions imposed, after he was allegedly caught travelling 131 kilometres per hour in an 80km/h zone on Bendalong Road, Bendalong, just before 8.30am on Thursday, June 17.
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Just after 11.15am the same day, a 45-year-old Sanctuary Point woman, banned from driving until 2024, was stopped on Sussex Inlet Road, Sussex Inlet, for random testing.
She was unable to provide a license and allegedly provided false details to police.
A drug test allegedly returned a positive detection. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a small quantity of methylamphetamine. Charges are expected to be laid.
About 10am Saturday (June 19), police detected an unregistered vehicle travelling along the Princes Highway at Mogo.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, and when it failed to, a pursuit began.
It was terminated a short time later for safety reasons, before the 32-year-old driver was arrested at a Batemans Bay Motel.
Checks revealed he was disqualified from driving until 2034.
He was charged with police pursuit - Skye's Law, driving while disqualified and driving an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle.
He appeared in Batemans Bay Local Court on Monday, where he was formally refused bail to reappear in the same court on Monday, July 26,.
Operation Fume is a road policing operation targeting alcohol and drug-impaired drivers.
Similar operations are expected to continue in the future.
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