Drink-drivers flouting laws

POLICE have warned drunk drivers they are playing a dangerous game by getting behind the wheel after even more were nabbed on local roads.

Police say the spike of drink-drivers has continued since the country music festival wrapped up, despite the big crowds heading home.

In just four days, four local drivers have been charged with high-range PCA offences after they were caught behind the wheel.

Highway patrol Senior Sergeant Peter McMenamin said the large number of high-range readings was concerning. 

“I don’t know why they think they can get away with it,” he said.

“We’re still out and about, being seen and doing our stationary and mobile RBTs, and we’re picking people up.”

A woman was charged in Inverell after she recorded a high-range reading. On Saturday morning a 49-year-old Armidale man disqualified from driving was stopped for a random breath-test and police will allege he recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.271.

That afternoon a Bellbird man was arrested and allegedly blew 0.254 after being stopped in Roderick St, Tamworth.

On Monday night an 18-year-old man attempted to negotiate a cul-de-sac when he left the road and smashed into dividing fences in Fishermans Pl, Oxley Vale.

Police allege the man returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.184.

“It’s a significant offence. It imposes a significant risk to everyone in the community and the risk of a serious collision and injury has enormous costs,” Senior Sergeant McMenamin warned.

“We spend a lot of time devoted to ridding the community of the offenders that commit these offences.”

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