A MAN has had his car confiscated and license suspended after he was allegedly caught driving drunk at 117km/h through a 60km/h street in Sydney’s south.
Highway Patrol officers intercepted the man’s sedan on the Princes Highway at around 1.30am on Saturday.
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The driver was subjected to a roadside breath test, which allegedly proved positive.
The 35-year-old man was arrested and taken to Kogarah Police Station where he returned an alleged reading of 0.151.
He was charged with high-range PCA and served with a Field Court Attendance Notice to appear in Sutherland Local Court on Thursday 3 December.
His licence was suspended on the spot and he was issued with a number plate and vehicle confiscation notice. The vehicle’s registration was also cancelled for three months.
Police allege the man was detected driving at 117km/h in a sign-posted 60km/h zone. He was issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN) for speeding, which incurs a fine of $2306 and the loss of six demerit points.
Traffic & Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said he was greatly concerned about reports such as these, coming less than 24 hours after a public appeal for drivers to take extra care on NSW roads.
“Only yesterday, we were pleading for drivers to drive safely, to heed the road rules and be personally responsible for their actions,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
“Statistics prove that November is a month which has a tragically-high road toll fatality rate and we feel responsible to warn drivers; unfortunately, not everyone is as responsible.
“It was because of these distressing statistics that we publically appealed to the State’s drivers to think about their actions, yet already we are charging drivers who are allegedly travelling at almost twice the speed limit on a suburban street.
“Police officers will continue to target those drivers who speed, those who are driving tired, drink or drug driving, those not wearing a seat belt or proper helmet, and those distracted by mobile phones.
“All of these factors are proven risks in serious injury or fatal crashes on our roads; we have 1345 Traffic & Highway Patrol officers – working in more than 500 vehicles – working to ensure your journey is safe,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.