An Oak Flats man who allegedly ran into a row of parked cars in Wollongong on Saturday morning has been charged and had his licence suspended as part of a statewide police blitz on drink driving over the weekend.
Police breath-tested almost 250,000 NSW motorists during the three-day Operation Drink Drive, charging 124 people with drink driving and issuing almost 1200 speeding tickets.
About 2.10am on Saturday, the 26-year-old man was driving a white Holden Commodore when he allegedly struck parked vehicles on Sperry Street.
He was stopped by police in a nearby Gwynneville car park and allegedly returned a breath analysis reading of 0.144.
The man’s licence was suspended and he was ordered to appear in Wollongong Local Court on March 25 on mid-range drink-driving charges.
Also in the Illawarra during the drink-driving crackdown, police witnessed a 44-year-old female driver hit a parked car on Landy Drive at Mount Warrigal on Thursday night.
She was breath-tested and allegedly returned a reading of 0.217. Her licence was suspended.
An 18-year-old man who allegedly stole a Holden Commodore from a Bomaderry house was caught in the drink driving operation when he failed to stop for police conducting a random breath test at Nowra.
After a police chase, the man was charged with stealing the car, failing to stop, negligent driving, failure to display P-plates, driving a performance vehicle on P-plates, exceeding the speed by more than 20km/h, resisting arrest and breaching bail.
The alcohol crackdown ended on Saturday night, but for the next four weeks NSW police will target speeding drivers through Operation Saturation.
Launching the operation yesterday, Roads Minister Duncan Gay said it had been a heartbreaking start to 2014 on the state’s roads with 59 people killed – 20 more than at the same time last year. He said police would target speeding, fatigue and illegal mobile phone use in an effort to stem the rise in drivers, passengers and pedestrians dying on the roads.
‘‘We’re seeing increases in fatalities of men aged in their 30s and 50s, more deaths in country regions and a near doubling of fatalities associated with excessive speed,’’ Mr Gay said