Operation nets dangerous drivers

Western Region Highway Patrol boss Inspector Jeff Boon reminded motorists double demerit point penalties were in place during Operation Safe Arrival. FILE PHOTO.A COBAR woman caught drink-driving with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit was one of a series of motorists police caught doing the wrong thing on day 10 of their annual holiday road safety campaign.

The 30-year-old woman produced a reading of 0.150 when stopped for a random breath test in Green Street about 7.35pm.

Western Region Highway Patrol boss Inspector Jeff Boon said it was the second time in two days the woman had been caught driving with a suspended licence.

She will front Cobar Local Court on January 27.

Later that night police stopped a silver Commodore whose occupant was found to be driving while suspended.

The driver will front court on February 3.

Meanwhile a 47-year-old woman from Bluff Point pulled over on the Mitchell Highway at Dubbo about 5.40pm the same day was found to have been driving with an expired licence.

Inspector Boon said a check showed she had earlier been refused a licence by Roads and Maritime as a result of demerit point penalties. She will front court at a later date.

Officers were also kept busy with a string of incidents in Coonabarabran.

A red P-plater clocked doing 130km/h in a 100km/h zone about 10.30am Monday had his licence suspended and received an infringement notice.

A 50-year-old Warren man driving a Ford Falcon stopped in John Street, Coonabarabran, about 1pm was issued with a cannabis caution after a search of the vehicle turned up about 6 grams of cannabis.

About 4pm that day Coonabarabran Highway Patrol officers stopped a 53-year-old Victorian man and searched his car, finding 30 grams of cannabis inside a toolbag. He will appear before Coonabarabran Local Court early next year.

Inspector Boon said to date officers had conducted 48,420 random breath tests in the Western Region.

There had been 118 people issued infringements for seatbelt offences and 1152 motorists had been caught speeding in the region.

“The number of seatbelt infringements is stable when compared with last year,” Inspector Boon said.

“It is still surprising that some people are driving while not wearing seatbelts and not ensuring their passengers are wearing them either.”

What was particularly disappointing, Inspector Boon said, was the number of people caught speeding in the region.

“That figure for speeding is way up,” he said.

Inspector Boon said he personally booked two motorists travelling well over the speed limit in the same spot outside Dubbo that morning.” One was travelling at 126km/h on the Golden Highway near Ballimore and the other was doing 128km/h in the same place,” he said.

“They will each lose eight demerit points.”

Operation Safe Arrival started at 12.01am on December 19, 2014 and runs until 11.59pm Sunday January 4, 2015.

Inspector Boon said it was pleasing to note as of yesterday afternoon the Western Region had remained fatality free during the operation.

He reminded motorists double demerit point penalties remained in place for speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences.

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