A Queensland truck driver has been charged with high range drink driving after being caught in New South Wales.
The 49-year-old man was driving a Kenworth B Double, which was seen allegedly swerving across lanes of traffic while travelling north on the M5 and M7, shortly after midday yesterday.
His truck left the M7 at the Bernera Road exit before stopping and attempting to reverse back onto the motorway.
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Traffic behind the truck then stopped him from backing up, so the truck continued driving.
He then jack knifed while trying to do a U-turn at a nearby service station.
Members of the public then detained the driver until police arrived.
The 49-year-old Queensland man was arrested and returned an alleged reading of 0.282 – five times the legal limit.
He’s been charged with high range drink driving, solo driving for more than the standard maximum time, and not giving information to the record keeper as prescribed.
His licence has been suspended.
The arrest came as part of New South Wales Police’s Operation Tortoise – the state’s Easter long-weekend road safety operation.
They’ve been targeting all speeding, mobile phone, seat belth and motorcycle helmet offences, which attract double demerit points.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, says there are no excuses for anyone to drive after drinking.
“So far officers have conducted more than 250,000 breath tests – 27,775 more than the same period last year.
“With 228 people charged with drink driving offences, we are past the point of being disappointed, we are now angry that drivers are not listening to our warnings.
“Too many people are risking their own and other people’s lives with their reckless and stupid decisions.
“The message is clearly still not getting through and I fear that for many of the drivers and riders out there, it may only sink in after it’s too late,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.