A mum allegedly drunk at the wheel with her seven-year-old son in the backseat has lost her licence after police claim she returned a blood alcohol reading more than three times over the legal limit.
The 34-year-old woman was stopped for a random breath test on Pittwater Road in Narrabeen, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, just after 1am on Sunday, police said.
Officers noticed her son in the rear passenger seat and arrested the woman before taking her for a breath analysis test at Mona Vale Police Station.
She then allegedly returned a reading of 0.171, which equates to being 3.4 times over the legal limit of 0.05.
Her licence was confiscated, and she was issued a Court Attendance Notice for high-range PCA to appear in Manly Local Court on January 29.
On Saturday - day nine of NSW Police’s Operation Safe Arrival - police stopped a 39-year-old man in Moree, northern NSW, and handed out a $1376 fine and 39 demerit points for allegedly having four unrestrained kids in the car.
A third person, a 30-year-old woman on P plates, was also caught out in the special operation for allegedly having children aged one, three and four not properly restrained in the vehicle.
Police said she was pulled over in West Kempsey, about 11.50am on Saturday, and was subsequently fined $1300 and received 20 demerit points.
She was also not displaying her P-plates.
Under Operation Safe Arrival, which runs from December 20 to January 1, police have been targeting speeding, drink and drug-driving, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, described the concerning driver behaviour as “very troubling for police”.
‘Disappointed is an understatement’
“This reckless behaviour we’re seeing on our roads – particularly driving with unrestrained children in cars – is very troubling for police,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.
“While, thankfully, these drivers were stopped before anyone was injured, their actions could have resulted in very serious consequences very quickly.
“To say that our officers are disappointed is an understatement. People need to realise that your choices as a driver do not just affect yourself but everyone else on the road.”
In the first nine days of the special operation there have been eight fatalities, 609 major crashes, 470 drink driving offences, 8550 speed infringements and 366,261 breath tests, NSW Police said.
A woman in Sydney’s west lost her licence after being slapped with a whopping 34 demerit points on Friday after police saw her using her phone behind the wheel.
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