Wollongong police have been surprised by the number of drink-drivers caught in this year's Operation Slow Down long-weekend traffic blitz.
Among the worst reported incidents was a 27-year-old Flinders man who was caught driving on Market Street, Wollongong at 4.10am yesterday with a blood-alcohol reading of more than four times the legal limit.
The man, who recorded 0.204, immediately had his licence suspended and will appear in court.
Meantime, police were called to the scene of a crash on the corner of Bon Accord and Collins streets, Corrimal, at 9.45pm on Sunday, where they discovered a 28-year-old Corrimal man with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.181.
Earlier that day, at 8.35am, a 64-year-old Wollongong man was stopped at a stationary random breath test on George Hanley Drive, Wollongong.
He returned a reading of 0.166 and had his licence suspended.
It was a different story for police in the Lake Illawarra local area command who, after a poor start to the blitz on Friday and Saturday, recorded no further significant incidents between Sunday morning and late yesterday afternoon.
Lake Illawarra Highway Patrol Acting Sergeant Gareth Neil said it was disappointing drivers were still willing to "run the gauntlet" and put their lives at risk.
"The operation has been run well but unfortunately some people are still exceeding the speed limit and a number of drivers were caught over the weekend still driving under the influence," he said.
"The message is out there but people are still taking risks they don't need to take."
By yesterday afternoon, Lake Illawarra police had issued 51 speeding tickets, six tickets for people not wearing seatbelts and 41 tickets for other traffic violations since Friday morning.
In total, more than 3700 random breath tests were conducted in the Lake Illawarra LAC during Operation Slow Down.
In the Shoalhaven, 1100 RBTs were conducted up until late yesterday, while 48 traffic infringement notices and 37 speeding fines were issued.
Among the incidents was a 28-year-old male P-plate driver from North Wollongong who was stopped by police after he was observed mounting a median strip at Ulladulla.
Police saw the vehicle travel on the incorrect side of the road for about 20 metres.
The man was arrested and taken to Ulladulla police station where he registered a blood-alcohol reading of 0.145.
In contrast to motorists further north, Shoalhaven Highway Patrol Sergeant Nick Tebbutt said drivers had generally been well behaved.
Operation Slow Down officially ended at 11.59pm last night.