A taxi driver has been charged, and had her licence suspended, after she allegedly drove while drunk and struck a teenage scooter rider on a residential Warilla street this week.
The driver, a 49-year-old woman, was arrested at the scene of the crash on Bradman Avenue about 7.25pm on Monday – during the final hours of a statewide police road safety campaign targeting irresponsible driving behaviour across the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
The woman was breath tested at the scene and gave a positive reading.
She was taken to Lake Illawarra police station, where a subsequent breath analysis returned a reading of 0.121.
The driver will face court at a later date for the offences of mid-range prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA) and negligent driving.
Her driver’s licence was also suspended.
Inspector Brian Pedersen, from Lake Illawarra Police District, said it would be alleged the woman was conducting a U-turn on the street when she hit a 14-year-old boy riding a scooter.
The teen was knocked from the scooter and suffered abrasions. He also complained of a sore arm and leg, and was taken to hospital for treatment. It is understood the driver was the only person inside the taxi at the time of the accident.
The Warilla incident followed a 43-year-old woman being charged with mid-range PCA after she was stopped at a random breath test site at Fairy Meadow on Sunday night and subsequently returned a reading of 0.133. Also on Sunday, a Mittagong P-plater blew 0.047 (special range PCA) after he allegedly tried to avoid officers conducting breath tests at North Wollongong.
The offences occurred as general duties and highway patrol officers across the Wollongong, Lake Illawarra, South Coast and Hume police districts conducted more than 20,000 breath tests as part of Operation Stay Alert – the four-day road safety enforcement campaign that ended at 11.59pm on Monday.
The lion’s share of breath tests (6484) were done on the South Coast, spanning an area from Nowra to the Victorian border – the largest of the region’s police districts.
Of the four areas, the Goulburn-based Hume district – which covers a large section of the Hume Highway from Mittagong to Yass – recorded the most speeding offences (195), followed by the South Coast (157) and Wollongong (79). Most of the tickets handed out over the four days across Wollongong were in the “other” category, which included mobile phone use, disobeying stop signs and overtaking offences.
There were 3889 breath tests conducted across the city zone, with tickets handed to two drivers for seatbelt offences and 79 drivers for exceeding the speed limit.