NSW police dismayed by driver 'stupidity'

John Kidman
·2-min read

NSW police have catalogued a litany of drink-driving, speeding and drug offences encountered by frustrated officers a week into their statewide annual road safety campaign.

Headlining the shame file is a 38-year-old male found behind the wheel of a Ford Ranger after it smashed into two parked cars south of Newcastle on Wednesday night.

Despite the front wheel falling off the wagon, police say its driver continued into an adjoining street and ploughed into the median strip.

Breath-tested at the scene and back at the station, he allegedly blew almost five times the legal limit (0.240).

The man will appear in Belmont Local Court in February and has also had his licence suspended.

With double-demerit points in play, NSW police have issued almost 6000 speeding fines, conducted more than 122,000 breath tests, laid 293 prescribed content of alcohol (PCA) charges and attended 455 crashes, all since Christmas Eve.

Four people have also lost their lives on the state's roads.

Officers in an unmarked car on Sydney's M7 at Rooty Hill on Wednesday morning were overtaken by a P-plater in a 100km/h zone. The 19-year-old's speed was later checked at 157km/h.

He has copped a $2484 fine for his trouble and been suspended from driving for six months.

Several hours later, patrol officers stopped a 48-year-old man in a Ford Territory for a breath test at Appin. Although sober, it was allegedly the third time in a fortnight he'd been caught driving with an expired licence.

On Wednesday afternoon, a triple-zero call alerted police to a Holden Epica at North St Marys, in Sydney's west, being driven on its rims. They found the car abandoned on the Great Western Highway and its 26-year-old driver nearby.

The P-plater failed his breath test and will also face Penrith Local Court next month charged with dangerous driving and possessing a prohibited drug.

On Wednesday evening, highway patrol officers arrested a 58-year-old man at Ewingsdale on the NSW north coast after a routine stop when he failed to use his indicator.

They allege a search of his Toyota van revealed a quantity of drugs and $21,700 in cash, while the man returned a positive result for cocaine.

He has been charged with a total of 10 drug offences and appeared before Lismore Local Court on Thursday.

NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb said she was dismayed, especially by the number of speeding infringements over the holiday period.

"One of the major factors in many fatal collisions is speed and it's concerning to see several drivers detected at dangerously high speeds in the past 24 hours," she said.

"I cannot believe the stupidity of some people who think they can travel at these speeds and get away with it."