Dennis Atta-Singh at his tow yard in Ballina with one of the many wrecked cars he has had to retrieve in his work as a tow truc
Dennis Atta-Singh at his tow yard in Ballina with one of the many wrecked cars he has had to retrieve in his work as a tow truc Doug Eaton

Tow truck driver's nightmare job

DENNIS ATTA-SINGH once saw a man burning alive in a truck accident near Ballina.

That was 15 years ago - and to this day the tow-truck driver still has nightmares about it.

Mr Atta-Singh spoke out after a spate of high-range drink driving busts on the Northern Rivers, and as police warned locals to drive safely this Anzac Day long weekend.

The owner of Dennis Atta-Singh Light and Heavy Towing has seen more than his fair share of car accidents in his 20 years in the business, and is often baffled by the constant nature of the prangs.

He's seen fatal accidents, cars in creeks, head-on collisions and minor bingles. But it doesn't get any less shocking.

"We do see some pretty traumatic things sometimes," he said.

"A lot of the time we're first on the scene ... we help the ambos and the SES out whenever we can.

"The worst time is when there's light drizzle, as it makes the road really slippery."

Mr Atta-Sing said he did not understand why many motorists continued to drink and drive.

"It's advertised enough - just don't drink and drive," he said.

Police are urging motorists to be sensible behind the wheel after the run of drink-driving busts.

On Monday, a 49-year-old Byron Bay man was arrested after police caught him driving a black Volkswagen Golf at Suffolk Park with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.28.

The man will appear in Byron Bay Local Court on May 23 after being charged with high-range PCA.

Also on Monday, highway patrol police arrested and charged a 46-year-old Queensland man with high-range drink-driving after complaints from the public about his erratic driving.

The man was allegedly driving his 1990 Holden near the intersection of the Bruxner Highway and Theresa Creek Road at Mummulgum at 3.10pm. The man's young son was also in the car.

On Saturday, Woodburn police arrested and charged a 47-year old Woodburn man with high-range drink-driving.

Police were alerted to the incident after numerous reports from the public of an allegedly intoxicated man riding his motorcycle on the incorrect side of Richmond Street, Woodburn, at 5.25pm.

The man had a blood-alcohol reading on 0.310 - about six times the legal limit.

Inspector Greg Moore said many people had become complacent when it came to drink-driving, but that it was important they did not take the risk.

"Drink-driving will always be a focus of police in an effort to reduce the road toll and the amount of trauma on our roads," Insp Moore said.

"Particularly over the Anzac Day long weekend, commuters should expect to see high-visibility policing and random breath tests.

"Motorists are asked to act sensibly so everyone can have a safe weekend."


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