Law breakers 'disgust' top highway cop
THE head of the Tweed police Highway Patrol is “absolutely disgusted” by the huge number of drivers caught breaking the law.
A whopping 47 drivers in the Tweed-Byron region were caught at the weekend driving over the legal alcohol limit, with six returning positive drug tests.
Police were targeting drink-drivers and speeding as part of traffic operation 'Stay Alert' across the Queen's Birthday weekend.
Sergeant Rod Golden said from midnight last Thursday to midnight Monday, officers breath-tested 3401 drivers and caught 47 over the limit.
“It's absolutely disgusting,” he said. “I'm amazed, considering the amount of publicity given to the campaign both before and during it.
“The stupid behaviour was across the board and the general driving behaviour - particularly that of young drivers - was appalling.”
In separate incidents, two drivers jumped out of their vehicles and fled while trying to avoid tests.
One learner was caught driving unaccompanied and in an unregistered and uninsured car. He returned a breath test reading of 0.160.
A total of 79 drivers were caught speeding, with many of those in the streets of Banora Point.
Six drivers weren't wearing seatbelts and 52 other charges were detected for things like unregistered and uninsured vehicles. There were a further 146 traffic infringements issued.
Tweed police worked with Gold Coast counterparts to focus on Wintersun crowds.