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Traffic blitz nets 2000 speeding drivers

POLICE have charged a young man who was hooning while drink-driving in Clifton as part of their holiday traffic blitz.

Clifton Police Sergeant Guy Smidt said the 23-year-old man lost control of a car on a gravel road and slid sideways into a powerpole at the intersection of Anderson Lane and Clifton Leyburn Rd at 10pm on Saturday.

The driver blew 0.116% and was yesterday charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while adversely affected by alcohol, drink-driving, two counts of disqualified driving and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Police also charged a 40-year-old man after he was caught drink-driving while four times the legal limit.

He was intercepted in Herries St at 4.15am on Saturday and blew 0.201%.

Southern Region Traffic Coordinator Inspector Bruce Dimond said police were targeting drivers who took dangerous risks.

Officers caught a man driving unaccompanied on a Learner's Permit, travelling 138kmh in a 100kmh zone with his pregnant girlfriend in the passenger seat near Roma on Christmas Eve.

"That's the sort of stupidity we're seeing," Insp Dimond said.

Insp Dimond said police were pleased with the significant reduction in fatal and serious crashes this year.

He also noted drink-driving had decreased.

However, police are disappointed with the increase in motorists speeding.

More than 2000 speeding motorists have been caught in the Southern Region in just seven days.  
 

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