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Police focus on drink driving

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Nelson Bays Police will be setting up road checkpoints and conducting widespread breath screening of drivers this weekend and during the lead up to Christmas.

Senior Sergeant Grant Andrews said all drivers should expect to be stopped and checked anywhere and at any time.

He cited a woman stopped at 1.30pm last Sunday who returned a breath alcohol reading in excess of 936mic per litre of breath who said the alcohol had been consumed the night before.

“If people are drinking they need to be clear about what a standard drink is. It’s probably a lot less that what you might pour at home. Our message is simple – if you drink don’t drive.”

Senior Sergeant Andrews also reminded drivers that anything over the posted speed limit was speeding.

“If you exceed the speed limit expect to be stopped.”

He also reminded drivers that the speed limit was the maximum speed in ideal conditions.

“Often it won’t be safe to drive at the speed limit and drivers need to take into consideration weather, traffic and road conditions. At this time of year there will be an increase in the number of visitors on our roads so a bit of patience will also be required. At the end of the day we want everyone to get home safely,” he said.