REINED-IN: A picture of a blitz on drink-driving by police during last years Ballina Cup races.
REINED-IN: A picture of a blitz on drink-driving by police during last years Ballina Cup races.

Unlucky 13 charged in four-day road blitz

By Laurie Sullivan

LOCAL drivers continue to flout drink-driving laws despite the barrage of warnings in the media, according to police.

Thirteen drivers two on provisional licences will face court charged with driving while intoxicated following Operation Stay Alert involving both traffic and general duties officers from throughout the Far North Coast over the long weekend.

Seven of the 13 booked were also charged with driving while unlicensed, disqualified or suspended a disturbing trend, say police.

"It's disappointing we continue to see these kinds of numbers of drivers over the limit, despite all the advertising about the dangers of drink-driving," said Snr Const Michael Hogan, the region's crime prevention officer.

"There was even a specific warning issued on Thursday.

However, it's just as worrying that a high proportion of the drivers stopped were either disqualified, unlicensed or suspended."

An 18-year-old on a restricted licence allowing him to drive for work only was among those charged, as was a 30-year-old P-plate driver.

The unlucky 13 were young all but one under 35.

Yesterday police were still compiling statistics from the four-day blitz.



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