New South Wales Police have expressed their frustration at the behaviour of some drivers in the lead up to Christmas.
In the worst case, a driver was clocked doing 160 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the M2 Motorway at Baulkham Hills before blowing 0.228 in a roadside breath test.
The 49-year-old was charged with high-range drink-driving, exceed speed greater than 45 km/h and had his licence suspended on the spot.
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He’ll front court in February.
In total 19 people were charged with drink-driving offences across the State on Christmas Eve out of more than 46,000 random breath tests with five cases of high-range drink-driving that have left Police shaking their heads.
A 34-year-old man blew 0.161 after being pulled over at Warwick Farm while a 38-year-old woman blew 0.221 after hitting a gutter and puncturing her tyres in Cessnock.
In Albury a 29-year-old woman blew 0.189 while a 44-year-old man was charged after blowing 0.206 in Minto.
NSW Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy says people need to think about the influence alcohol has on their ability to make decisions as a driver, passenger or pedestrian.
““Police are disappointed that people continue to behave irresponsibility on the roads and put others lives at risk,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.
“Those who wish to consume alcohol during festive celebrations, need to have a Plan B and think about a designated driver for the next morning as well.”
Nearly 900 speeding fines were issued to drivers and more than 1,100 infringement notices issued for other driving offences.