Driver, 15, caught at 0.16
POLICE have charged a 15-year-old boy who was caught driving a car in Lismore with an alcohol reading of 0.16.
The boy was pulled over at 2.25am last Friday in Foleys Road, Lismore, after police received a complaint.
Crime prevention officer Senior Constable Michael Hogan said the boy was charged with drink-driving and unlicensed driving.
Over the weekend police were out in force as part of Operation Drink Drive 2. Out of 1773 breath tests, 13 drivers were charged.
Another 52 people were caught speeding and three people had no seatbelt.
Police also handed out 42 traffic infringement notices, which included other speeding offences.
"A lot of the speeding offences involved drivers doing in excess of 85km/h in a 60km/h zone," Snr Const Hogan said.
"Motorists need to be reminded that our speed cameras work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and they can work across a six-lane highway."
Snr Const Hogan said people often believed they would not be caught.
"This operation worked on the back roads. We know the shortcuts too," he said.
During the weekend, highway patrol police arrested and charged a 34year-old Southport man after he was caught travelling on the Pacific Highway, south of Ballina, at 147km/h in a 100km/h zone.
The man had an alcohol reading of 0.10.
Snr Const Hogan said another man, who already had his licence disqualified until 2014, was caught driving his ute.
Snr Const Hogan said Operation North Roads would commence early next month and run until the end of February.
"It's a major operation which targets vulnerable areas ? drink-driving, speed and fatigue," he said.
"Over the Christmas holidays we will have extra resources brought up from the Sydney metropolitan area to support us. Unfortunately it is the time of year when a lot of car accidents occur."