P-platers run gauntlet

DESPITE renewed police warnings, more alcohol-affected P-platers have been caught driving on the Coffs Coast, and at least one of them is a serial offender.

In Saturday’s Coffs Coast Advocate, Coffs Harbour highway patrol police said they feared a disaster was just around the corner if the disturbing trend of young drink-drivers continued.

They are meant to have a zero-alcohol reading under NSW law.

In the past two weeks or more, police have charged a growing number of P-platers with drink-driving in the Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Bellingen areas and more followed at the weekend.

A man, 21, on a P1 licence was stopped for a breath test in the Park Beach Plaza car park at Coffs Harbour at 9.40am on Sunday.

He was arrested after a positive reading and taken to Coffs Harbour police station, where a breath analysis returned a reading of .035.

Staggeringly, it was his fourth drink-driving offence since 2006, police said.

An hour earlier, on nearby York Street, police breath-tested a Toormina man, 20, on a P2 licence.

Police arrested him after a positive reading and took him to Coffs Harbour police station, where he returned a breath analysis of .045.

Highway patrol police are mystified as to why drink-driving is on the rise among young motorists and they are frustrated by this trend.

That’s why they will continue to conduct high-profile campaigns in a bid to curb our spiralling road toll.



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