More breath testing to come, warn police

A booze bus in action. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d397150
A booze bus in action. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d397150

More than 1000 vehicles were stopped during Operation Perception, which was held across two Friday nights on March 8 and 22.

Traffic police were on hand about 8pm both nights, targeting heavy traffic areas such as Beach Road.

Four drivers were found to be driving with a blood alcohol level in excess of 0.08 ” an offence that carries a mandatory licence suspension of six months and fine of up to $1500.

Eight drivers were charged with driving in excess of 0.05, which carries a fine of up to $500 and possible licence suspension if the offender has a drink driving history.

No one was charged with the most serious drink driving offence of excess 0.15 or driving under the influence (DUI).

More than 10 work orders were issued for vehicles not considered road worthy.

Superintendent Charlie Carver warned drivers there were many operations to come.

‘Do not drive if you’re going to have a few drinks,’ he said.

‘You could be caught up in the middle of a random breath test.’