Fools never learn
PEOPLE just do not listen.
Tweed Heads police have been left reeling after their carefully planned and extensive drink-driving campaign at Murwillumbah on Melbourne Cup Day netted more drink drivers than before.
Despite subsidised buses, free breath tests at the Tweed River Jockey Club, signage saying police were targeting drink driving, and a massive Random Breath Test operation, police charged 22 drivers for being over the limit after the races.
Operation commander senior constable Stephen Henderson said it was a disappointing result that had left them wondering what it would take for the anti-drink-driving message to get through.
"There were announcements about the buses every half an hour, Tweed Shire Council's Ray Clark doing free breath tests, signs and roads targeted all around Murwillumbah - we don't know what we can do to stop it," he said.
"Ray Clark was astounded by the people he breath tested who returned a positive reading and told him they would drive anyway.
"Melbourne Cup Day is the biggest single-day event in the local area command and the worst single day."
Sen const Henderson said during the operation, police picked up a 28-year-old female driver who was leaving the races and blew 0.120.
She had lost her licence for drink driving previously and was carrying two children in the car.
In another incident a 23-year-old Murwillumbah man allegedly led police on a three-kilometre chase north along the Tweed Valley Way after he failed to stop for an RBT at Alma Street at 11.45pm.
Police said the man had reached speeds of up to 140km until he lost control of his vehicle and collided