POLICE say they’re dumbfounded with the amount of people flouting laws and not wearing seatbelts.
Operation Slow Down wrapped up at midnight last night but the results weren’t pleasing, with 33 people booked for not click-clacking front and back.
Another 27 people will have to front court on drink-driving charges after they were detected over the limit.
Officers breath-tested more drivers this long weekend than last year and issued more fines, however speeding offences recorded a slight drop.
Barwon cluster highway patrol Senior Sergeant Peter McMenamin said 362 people had been booked for offences, almost 50 more than last year – but the seatbelt offences were extremely concerning.
“That and the drink-driving are inexcusable,” he said.
“Why people still aren’t getting the message and wearing seatbelts is beyond me.”
The preliminary numbers were gathered yesterday morning and don’t include the operation’s final day.
Police were out in force yesterday on local roads while some officers had cars lined up for random breath tests in Tamworth.
Senior Sergeant McMenamin said there were no excuses.
“It’s not hard to put a seatbelt on in the car or not drive if you’ve had a
couple of drinks,” he said,
“It’s plain and simple and the education has been around for years.
“These are the significant causal factors in relation to serious injury and fatal collisions.”
Police have charged two drivers with mid-range drink-driving offences after they were stopped with children in the car on Sunday night.
A 28-year-old Gunnedah man was pulled over because of the manner of his driving and found with a four-year-old child in the car.
The red P-plate holder failed a roadside breath test before he was tested again and allegedly recorded a blood alcohol reading almost three times the legal limit.
He’s been charged with mid-range drink-driving and faces Gunnedah Local Court on December 3.
Meanwhile, a 41-year-old woman was stopped by police after she pulled out onto the New England Highway at Kootingal, into the path of a police car. Two children were in the car when the woman failed a roadside breath test. She will appear in court on one count of mid-range drink-driving on October 28.
Both drivers had their licences suspended on the spot.