Police have appealed to motorists for caution on Monday when holiday traffic returns from the Easter break.
Police have appealed to motorists for caution on Monday when holiday traffic returns from the Easter break. Trevor Veale

Police tell incredible stories of drivers' holiday stupidity

SUPERINTENDENT Dave Evans from NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Command has urged motorists to remain extra vigilant on the roads as the holiday weekend draws to a close.

Delays through the Coffs Coast on Thursday are likely to be repeated on Monday as motorists head home from the Easter break.

"We're obviously heartened by an improvement in the number of motorists detected speeding and drink driving on our roads so far this long weekend," Superintendent Evans said.

"However, the fact remains, there has still been a large number of motorists caught taking unnecessary risks behind the wheel, endangering not only themselves but other road users.

"Extra police will be patrolling NSW roads throughout the holiday period to catch lawbreaking motorists."

The state's road toll for the break remains at two but 39 people have been injured in 108 major crashes.

Over the first three days of Operation Tortoise, 146 motorists have been charged with drink driving.

One of the worst of these was at Sawtell on Good Friday when a 29-year-old provisional driver was stopped for dangerous driving after which he delivered a positive roadside breath test.

He was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station and underwent a breath analysis returning a reading of 0.175.

His licence was suspended and he was charged with high range PCA.

Across the state, police have also booked 3487 drivers for speeding and issued 5656 infringement notices for other traffic offences.

Police media have released examples of driver behaviour that must leave the community dismayed at the continuing spate of public endangerment.

Some stories defy belief.

 

(1) A man was arrested at 1am today after taking a forklift on a drunken joyride at the Sydney Showground.

Police responded to reports a man and woman had taken the forklift for a spin after the failed to heed a security guard's call to stop.

They accelerated away before knocking over a number of steel bollards but after running after the forklift, the guard jumped on board and removed the keys from the ignition.

The man then fled the scene but was apprehended by the guard a short time later after a foot chase through alleyways and pavilions.

Police took the man for breath analysis and he returned a reading of 0.170 - more than three times the legal blood-alcohol limit.

 

(2) A 34-year-old man was nabbed for drink driving twice in one hour on Sydney's northern beaches.

He was charged with mid-range drink driving after returning a breath-analysis reading of 0.148 after being stopped in Brookvale about 10.30pm Saturday and his driving privileges were suspended.

However, about 11.15pm he was caught back behind the wheel in the same suburb and returned a breath-analysis reading of 0.123.

 

(3) A 30-year-old man caught towing a box trailer full of firewood with his two young children, aged three and six, sitting atop the load at Jillery about 7pm yesterday.

His heavily-pregnant wife was sitting on the wheel arch of the trailer when police stopped them.

 

(4) A 20-year-old P2 licence holder clocked travelling at 141km/h in a 60km/h zone at Wiley Park.

 

(5) A 36-year-old P2 provisional licence holder nabbed drink driving at Campbelltown who returned a breath-analysis reading of 0.181.

 

(6) A 24-year-old man arrested in a violent struggle with police following a pursuit through the inner-Sydney suburbs of Redfern, Surry Hills and Alexandria just before midnight last night.

He was charged with drive in manner dangerous to the public, take and drive conveyance without consent of owner, police pursuit (Skye's Law), assault police, unlicensed driving and a revocation of parole warrant.

 

(7) A 33-year-old man caught travelling at 121km/h in a 60km/h zone on the Anzac Bridge at Rozelle.

 

(8) A 41-year-old woman, a P2 provisional licence holder, found driving at Ultimo with her four children - aged between two and 14 - all unrestrained in the vehicle.

 

(9) A 41-year-old male P1 provisional licence holder who blew 0.223 after being stopped by police for a roadside breath test in Wollongong.


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