P-plate driver three times over limit

A 34-year-old woman on P-plates has had her licence suspended at Christmas after she was allegedly detected driving with a blood alcohol level more than three times over the limit.

Police stopped the woman's Holden Vectra about 1.25am yesterday in Charlotte Crescent, Albion Park, for a mobile breath test, where she allegedly returned a positive result.

She was taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station, where she allegedly returned a reading of 0.169.

In Batemans Bay, a 23-year-old learner driver was stopped for a breath test on Golf Links Drive about 11.30pm Tuesday.

He was arrested and taken to Batemans Bay Police Station where he allegedly returned a reading of 0.162. His licence was suspended and he was charged with a string of offences.

Meantime, a 27-year-old woman learner driver has had her licence suspended after she was detected driving unaccompanied along Queen Street, Warilla, on Monday.

She was also charged with having no L-plates and having defective tyres.

Today marks day six of Operation Safe Arrival, a state wide police blitz aimed at reducing road carnage over the holiday period.

So far, four people have been killed in motor vehicle crashes around NSW, while 4554 have been recorded speeding, and 231 have been caught drink driving.

Double demerits are being enforced and will remain in place until January 1 for speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences.

NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said the ongoing infringement notices issued for drink driving, driving unrestrained and speeding was disappointing.

"Drivers should be vigilant during the festive season, given the increased road traffic statistics at this time of year," he said.

"Yesterday we had 613 speed traffic infringement notices issued around the state, almost 435 more than the same time last year.

"We also had three drivers issued with high-range PCA [Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol] - two being learner drivers. Driving with minimal experience and under the influence of alcohol could have easily led to a fatal crash."

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