News

Police issue warning: Drink drive operation under way

DRINK drivers beware, the police are out in force in the next three days and will catch you.

An increased number of police will be patrolling the roads as part of Operation Drink Drive II.

Tweed/Byron Local Area Command Inspector Greg Jago said he had no idea why anyone drank and drove but said officers would catch them.

"Anywhere, anytime," he said.

"During this time police will be conducting random breath testing as part of the annual operation.

"Police will also be looking at other things such as proper restraints, seatbelts and speeding."

Police said they were disappointed with the response in the lead up to the operation.

About 8.45pm Wednesday, an 18-year-old unlicensed woman was detected travelling at 168km on the Pacific Hwy, Cudgera Creek.

When stopped the woman admitted she was stoned after smoking cannabis. She was also found to be in possession of eight white tablets.

"She was taken to Tweed/Byron Police Station where she was charged with never held licensed person drive vehicle on road, exceed speed over 45km, drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, and possess prescribed restricted substance," a police spokesperson said.

She was granted conditional bail to not occupy the driver's seat of any vehicle.

Operation 'Drink Drive II' 2012 began today and will finish on Saturday night.

NSW Police Force's Traffic and Highway Patrol Operations Commander Superintendent Stuart Smith said Drink Drive II was all about getting rogue drivers off the roads and improving road safety for the vast majority of law-abiding motorists.

"Over the course of the next three days, you can expect to see police out in force, doing everything we can to get dangerous drivers off the road," Superintendent Smith said.

"We want to make NSW roadways as safe as possible and will conduct thousands of random breath tests, numerous speed enforcement operations and thorough vehicle checks over the coming days to catch those who put lives at risk through their reckless road behaviour."

During last year's (2011) Drink Drive II operation, police conducted 79,871 breath tests and laid 146 PCA (drink-driving) charges.

A total of 2099 traffic infringement notices (not speed) were issued while 705 infringement notices were issued for speeding offences.



Chinderah servo for Christmas

FILL 'EM UP: The new Caltex service station facility is on the corner of the Pacific Hwy and Tweed Valley Way at Chinderah.

New service station is almost ready to open its doors.

Dreamworld ready for 'respectful' reopening

Craig Davidson, CEO of amusement theme park Dreamworld.

Every ride has undergone 'rigorous' program of testing

Local Partners

Employers key for youth jobs in the Tweed

Skillsroad Show hopes to give a boost to youth employment.


Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Cooly sings out for carols

Santa gets ready to skydive into the Coolangatta Christmas Carols on Sunday, December 13. Photo: Scott Powick Daily News

Santa dropping in for Christmas Carols at Coolangatta

Kanye West is on the mend now he's back from hospital

Kanye West is more relaxed since returning home from hospital

WATCH: The young Aussie actor playing Barack Obama

A screenshot of the trailer for Barry, a new film from Netflix.

Aussie teen nails Obama's early university years

Boy George named as a coach on The Voice Australia

Iconic pop star Boy George is to appear as a coach on 'The Voice'

The first Baywatch trailer is here, and it's hilarious

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

DWAYNE Johnson and Zac Efron star in TV series reboot.

Sir Mick Jagger a dad again at 73

Mick Jagger... dad again at 73

Ageing rocker obviously still getting Satisfaction

How 'fat' author kicked the kilos

Author James Larkin believes that sensible eating results in better health, weight loss and increased happiness.

Retired journalist changed his attitude to eating, and lost 40kgs

Horse haven on big acreage in Murwillumbah

55 Glencoe Road, Murwillumbah

Check out this week's feature property.

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!