Woman found dead in car

A WOMAN has died in a car crash and police have conducted thous- ands of breath tests on the Northern Rivers over Easter.

The 45-year-old driver of a sedan rolled her car on the Clarence Way at Woodenbong about 1.30am yesterday.

The woman was found dead in the car by a family member a short time later.

Tweed-Byron highway police conducted 1700 breath tests as part of the state-wide Operation Tortoise that began on Thursday.

The operation resulted in 17 drink-driving charges and nine traffic charges for offences such as dangerous driving.

Police also issued 45 speeding infringement fines, five fines for not wearing seat belts and 119 other infringement fines.

A 44-year-old Tweed Heads man was charged with drink-driving twice in one day when he blew 0.09 at 9.30am on Saturday and then blew 0.67 at 4pm on the same day .

He will face Tweed Heads Court on April 30.

On Thursday night a man was breath-tested in Casino and blew 0.162.

An 18-year-old woman was caught driving in Lismore without a licence and with unrestrained children in the vehicle on Thursday morning.

"At 2.30 on Thursday morning police stopped a motorist in Keen St, Lismore for a breath test. She was driving with a disqualified licence, which was disqualified until mid-April," Senior Sergeant Bill Darnell said.

"There were three other adults in the vehicle who were intoxicated and there were three children aged 1, 5 and 8 unrestrained on a mattress in the back of the vehicle."

"It's a pretty serious thing having a one-year-old unrestrained in a car like that.

"They become a projectile if the car stops suddenly."

A female P-plater was caught doing 91kmh in a 50kmh area on Wyrallah Rd, Wyrallah, at 4pm on Thursday.

Another female P-plater was clocked doing 156kmh on the Pacific Hwy near Pottsville at 8.35am on Thursday.

"People are generally taking a bit of extra time to get to where they're going and are monitoring their fatigue well. But there's just a few idiots who think they're above the law.

"They're taking significant chances and risking other people's lives on the road," Snr Sgt Darnell said.

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