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Police Cracking Down on Drink Driving Drivers

Police are cracking down on drink driving. A DRAMATIC spike in the number of women driving drunk has been revealed as police admit they are shocked at the number of mothers driving under the influence of alcohol with children in their car. One in five drivers caught during the first 24 hours of a three-day drink-driving blitz on Thursday night had children in the car. The startling results of the latest operation come amid new figures showing the number of drink-drivers in NSW rose to [...]

NSW man banned from driving until 2153

Serial offender: David John Browne leaving Newcastle Court House on Thursday. Photo: PHIL HEARNE He would be 200 years old, if he lived that long, before he could legally get behind the wheel of a car again. But retired bus driver David John Browne, of Newcastle, says he’s done with driving. ‘‘I’ve certainly learnt my bloody lesson,’’ he said yesterday. The 61-year-old narrowly escaped a 12-month jail term after receiving a suspended sentence in Newcastle Local Court for driving while disqualified. He was caught by Newcastle [...]

540 arrested in NSW during two-day blitz on alcohol-related crime

Police have arrested 282 people across New South Wales on the second night of the Operation Unite blitz on alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour. Operation Commander, Gary Worboys, has praised the good behaviour of the wider community but expressed concern about the high number of ‘Fail to Quit’ and ‘Common Assault’ offences in and around licensed premises overnight. “One of the biggest problems we’ve noticed during the operation this year is the refusal by many people to leave pubs and clubs when asked by security,” [...]

NSW worst for alcohol harm

NSW is the worst place in Australia when it comes to tackling alcohol abuse and liquor-fuelled violence, a panel of experts has ruled. The National Alliance for Action on Alcohol scorecard released on Sunday gave the state only 31 per cent on a report card measuring a range of factors including clear plans to reduce alcohol-related harm, transparent policies and restrictions on alcohol marketing. "It's almost hard to single out one area they are doing badly in, because they are doing badly in everything": Professor [...]

Man notches up 6th drink-drive bust

A CANBERRA man has been caught driving five times over the normal alcohol limit in his sixth drink driving bust. ACT police said the 45-year-old man from the up-market suburb of Red Hill blew 0.267 after another motorist dobbed him in for driving recklessly in his white ute on Thursday morning. He had been convicted five time before for drink driving, most recently in September. Although disqualified, he'd been allowed to continue to drive on a special licence which stipulates no alcohol at all. December [...]