P-platers caught drink-driving

P-PLATE drivers are continuing to drink and drive on the Coffs Coast even during a massive police blitz.

Operation Cross, a three-week campaign to reduce the road toll in our region, caught two P-platers flouting the law at the weekend.

Their blood alcohol readings should have been zero under NSW legislation.

The first came to police attention at 8.35am on Saturday on the Pacific Highway near the Diggers Beach Road intersection.

A Coffs Harbour man, 20, was driving his Daihatsu Feroza south when he lost control as he was merging lanes, slammed into a concrete barrier and overturned, blocking the highway.

He was breath-tested at the scene and arrested after a positive reading. His subsequent breath analysis returned a reading of .070.

A man, 26, who was driving a blue Nissan Pathfinder, was breath-tested at Coral Street at Corindi Beach at 11.20pm on Saturday.

The P-Plater was arrested after a positive reading and subsequently returned a breath analysis of .055.

Police also discovered he was towing a trailer with an expired registration.

• Other drink-drivers have been charged during the operation.

A man, 36, was breath-tested after an illegal u-turn in his Kia tabletop truck at the Pacific Highway-Marcia Street traffic lights at 12.15am on Saturday. His subsequent breath analysis returned a mid-range reading of .085.

Another man was also charged with mid-range drink-driving after he was breath-tested in Bellingen’s William Street at 12.40am on Sunday.

He returned a reading of .130.



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