Ballina man busted in Byron driving drunk

Police stop man with a blood alchohol reading of 0.153
Police stop man with a blood alchohol reading of 0.153 Robyne Cuerel

A MAN lost his right to drive after he was busted driving three over times the legal alcohol limit in Byron Bay last night.

Police began their hunt for drink drivers throughout the state as part of Operation Drink Drive 1 yesterday.

The operation, which will continue until Saturday night, has already busted high range drink drivers in Byron.

Tweed-Byron Local Area Commend crime manager Acting Inspector Saul Wiseman said overnight police charged a 33-year-old Ballina man with high range drink driving.

"He was driving on Lawson St, Byron Bay," he said.

"He returned a positive reading and was taken to Byron Bay Police Station."

The man retyrned a reading on 0.153%, more than three times the legal limit.

He was issued a court date and had his license suspended.

Yeterday police conducted 2,860 more RBTs (44,180 yesterday versus 41,320 on Day 1 2012), 40 fewer people were caught driving under the influence of alcohol (27 yesterday versus 67 on Day 1 2012).

The number of motorists caught speeding was also down on last year (611 yesterday versus 660 on Day 1 2012).

Tweed-Byron Local Area Command Traffic and Highway Patrol Sergent Chad George said the police presence in the area had been increaded.

"We'll be patrolling the main and arterial roads as well as the back roads," he said.

"Police will be on the back roads as well, we know them too."

The operation will not only target drink drivers but also drivers driving in an anti-social way.

There will also be mobile and stationary random breath test units.

"The operation is being conducted as a pre cursor to the Easter holiday period to heighten public awareness of drink driving coupled with restraints, excessive speed, fatigue and road rule compliance," Sgt George said.

It's just one of many to come this year as police try to reduce the statistics of Tweed being the drink driving capital of New South Wales.

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