Op Go Slow nabs drink-driver

OPERATION Go Slow has snared a Suffolk Park man who was charged by police with high-range drink-driving in Byron Bay early yesterday.

The 35-year-old came to the attention of police from the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command at 2.40am while driving erratically through the streets of Byron Bay.

The man, driving a Mitsubishi Magna, took the round-about on the corner of Browning Street and Bangalow Road at a high speed.

The police pulled him over, but he refused to give a roadside breath test.

The man was then taken to Byron Bay police station where he returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.195, almost three times the legal limit.

His driver’s licence was immediately suspended.

Operation Go Slow ran from last Friday until midnight last night.

Figures released at midday yesterday showed that 12,376 breath tests had been conducted across Northern NSW. Of those tested, 66 people were charged with drink-driving offences. Police also fined 894 drivers for speeding.

Senior NSW Police have praised the majority of people involved in Anzac Day commemorations after the reported number of assaults, drinking and street offences were down on recent years.

Deputy Commissioner Dave Owens said officersensured members of the community who wished to commemorate the day with respect were able to do so.

“There is arguably no more significant or solemn occasion on the national calendar than Anzac Day,” Deputy Commissioner Owens said.

“It’s importance to all Australians cannot be overstated, so police were out in force to ensure the day and night rem-ained one that was enjoyed by the diggers, families and well-wishers alike.”

Initial data reveals there were a total of 268 arrests across the State.

This year, more than 100assaults were reported, compared with last year, when there were 377, and 2008 when there were 369.

There were 58 breaches of licensing legislation across the State, fewer than half the 168 breaches detected last year.

There were 10 reported robberies compared with last year, when there were 26; and there were 119 street offences, fewer than half of the 239 reported last year.



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