Driver was six times over limit

POLICE have saved our roads from more 'bloody idiots', after an unlicensed drink driver was nabbed for speeding and another driver was caught at more than six times the legal limit for alcohol.

And while the rest of the Coffs Coast prepared to usher in the New Year, police performing stationary speed enforcement duties at 11.50pm on New Year's Eve clocked another car doing 142km/h on the Pacific Highway at Bonville.

At approximately 7pm on New Year's Day, police allege that a 1993 Ford Falcon sedan was seen on Boronia Street at Sawtell travelling at a very slow speed and swerving all over the road.

Police stopped the car and breath tested a 41-year-old man from Bucca, who allegedly returned a positive breath analysis of 0.305.

He was charged with a high range PCA and his licence was immediately suspended.

On New Year's Eve, when police caught up with the speeding Daihatsu sedan and signalled for it to pull over, the car allegedly sped up, causing police to give chase.

A short time later the Daihatsu swerved off the road and drove over a nature strip and roundabout on Lyons Road.

The chase ended when three of the car's tyres deflated.

The driver, a 26-year-old man from Urunga, was arrested and found to be unlicensed, and a roadside breath test allegedly returned a reading of 0.165, more than three times the legal limit for alcohol.

The man has been charged with drink driving offences, driving a manner dangerous and being unlicensed.

Despite these incidents, police have paid tribute to motorists, with 2008 recording the lowest road toll since World War II.

NSW Police Traffic Services Commander, Chief Superintendent John Hartley, said 395 people died on NSW roads last year, the first time the figure has been below 400 since 1944.

“I am pleased the dedicated effort by my officers and other agencies, including the RTA, directed towards driver education and road safety is starting to reap results,” Mr Hartley said.

“However, drivers need constant reminding that stupid and irresponsible decisions on the road could lead to your own death, someone you love or that of an innocent third party.

“I can assure the public that we will be working hard to ensure our roads are even safer in 2009.”

NSW recorded the lowest number of fatalities per head of population compared to all other States and Territories.

Police will continue to be out in force over the holiday period and double demerit points are in force until 11.59pm on January 4.

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