Female driver blows .31

By DARREN COYNE

A 47-YEAR-OLD Carrara woman was the talk of Tweed Heads police station yesterday morning after blowing .31 on a breath test the previous night.

She was pulled over while driving in the heart of South Tweed.

"It was the highest we'd seen for for a while," Senior Constable Bruce Jones admitted.

".31 is six times the legal limit of .05 which is shockingly high for most people, but being a woman the reading is particularly high."

Sen Const Jones said the Carrara woman was stopped by police in Minjungbal Drive shortly after colliding with a stationary vehicle.

The woman allegedly told police she had consumed a bottle of wine and at least six scotches while visiting a friend.

She will appear in Tweed Local Court on January 9.

Sen Const Jones said however that motorists had been generally well behaved during the festive season although there had been "a few each day" charged with drink driving, which was disappointing given the high profile of police operations.

Tweed/Byron duty officer inspector Owen King yesterday promised that police would be out in force throughout the holiday period to ensure the roads were safe.

Meanwhile, the national Christmas holiday road toll stood at 21 yesterday, with NSW doubling its toll to four after two people died when their four-wheel-drive rolled near Tamworth in the state's north-east.

Police said the Toyota Landcruiser was carrying six people when it rolled on the New England Highway near Wallabadah, south of Tamworth.

The woman driver and a teenage male passenger in the back died at the scene.

Two female passengers were taken to Tamworth Base Hospital in a critical condition, while two male passengers suffered minor injuries.

In Queensland, a five-year-old boy, a 19-year-old man and a motorcyclist, 33, died in separate road accidents yesterday. The boy died when he was struck by a rubbish truck while playing on a motorised scooter at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.

The man, 19, was killed in a head-on collision on the Bruce Highway north of Maryborough, while the motorcyclist died after losing control of his bike at Mt Nathan in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Seven people have been killed on Queensland's roads, five in Victoria, three in South Australia and two in Western Australia.

Traffic Services Commander Superintendent John Hartley said so far there had been 473 major crashes in four days with 175 injured.

He said more than 82,000 people had breath tested and 320 charged with drink driving.

"Police have also issued 3245 traffic infringement notices, so the message is clear ? if you break the law you will be caught," Supt Hartley said.



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