Man caught driving five times over the limit at Byron

A QUEENSLAND P-Plater caught doing 165km on the Pacific Highway towards Byron returned a blood alcohol reading more than three times the limit, during a police road blitz over the long weekend.

A man was also found driving close to five times over the limit in Byron Bay on Sunday evening.

Police say speeding has been a big issue over the long weekend with 5358 drivers detected, up 662 more than last year.

A female P-Plate driver from Queensland was detected doing 165km in a 100km/h zone on the Pacific Highway heading south towards Byron Bay at the weekend.

Police registered the black Volkswagen sedan's speed at about 1.15am on Sunday at Tweed Heads.

The 32-year-old woman was pulled over and given a breath test where police will allege she returned a positive result, more than three times the legal limit.

She was arrested and taken to the Tweed Heads police station where she returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.176.

Police say the woman was given a court attendance notice for high range drink driving and exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km and had her driver's licence suspended.

At 5.40pm on Sunday, a male driver in Byron Bay was stopped for a random breath test and returned a positive result almost five times the legal limit.

Police will allege he returned a reading of 0.229 and an amount of cannabis was discovered.

He was issued a court attendance notice for high range drink driving, possession of a prohibited drug and was given a notice of suspension on his licence.

Operation Slowdown - a high-visibility state-wide police traffic operation - ran from midnight Friday until 11.59pm on Monday.

Throughout the long-weekend, officers conducted 219,152 breath tests resulting in 262 drivers charged with drink-driving.

The number of drivers breath-tested was up from 203,645 tested in 2014, with 431 charged.

Of concern to officers were the 5358 drivers detected speeding, up from 4696 in 2014.

On Saturday night, police from Richmond Local Area Command spotted the driver of a silver commodore doing about 120km in a 60km zone along Ballina Rd in Goonellabah.

The driver sped off and shortly after, wrapped the car around a tree on the corner of Sunrise Cres.

The driver managed to survive the crash and fled the scene before police arrived.



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