Unlicensed but still driving
DISQUALIFIED and suspended Tweed drivers are demonstrating their utter disregard for the law by driving themselves to their court hearings.
At least three people attending court for driving offences have been "caught at court" after Tweed Heads Highway Patrol began staking out the courthouse as part of a special operation last week.
Senior Constable Brett Burns of Tweed Highway Patrol, who is co-ordinating the ongoing operation, said police were monitoring the Tweed Heads Court House in Recreation Street on Mondays in order to catch unlicensed drivers behind the wheel.
"It is an ongoing operation and we've got some good results," Sen Const Burns said.
"We've got anecdotal evidence that this is an ongoing problem."
He said police were watching offenders arriving at court and leaving from the courthouse throughout the day. They have so far caught three offenders -- two last week and one yesterday.
"We are targeting drivers who have been disqualified or suspended for whatever reason, including drink-driving offences and just unlicensed drivers," Snr Const Burns said. "They think they're smart by parking a block away and walking to the courthouse."
Each week, dozens of people are fronting Tweed Heads Local Court for a variety of driving offences. The Tweed/Byron Command has consistently been named as the worst area in the state for drink-driving offences.
At least 17 motorists were caught driving over the legal alcohol limit last weekend.
An 18-year-old probationary driver was caught on the Pacific Highway near Kennedy Drive with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.08%after being clocked travelling at 152km/h about 2.25am on Sunday. The legal alcohol limit for probationary drivers is 0.00.