Far North police warn against drink driving shame ahead of holidays
A BUNGALOW man allegedly more than six times the legal limit was among 15 drink-drivers caught over the weekend, prompting renewed police warnings ahead of the holidays.
Police intercepted the 57-year-old on Aumuller St at 9.40pm on Friday where he allegedly had a blood alcohol reading of 0.33 per cent when given a roadside breath test. The legal limit is 0.05.
Cairns police Sen-Sgt Dion Readman said the reading was unacceptable.
"At that level you're normally incapable of walking, let alone driving," he said.
The rise comes as the region's top traffic cop lamented the Far North's rate of traffic offences, describing the high proportion of drink-drivers as a "disaster waiting to happen".
Retiring Far Northern traffic co-ordinator Insp Bob Waters said the North's drink-driving culture was a major problem.
Other high-range drink-driving cases at the weekend included a Yorkeys Knob man, 30, who was caught at lunchtime on Saturday with a reading of 0.232 per cent, while a Trinity Park man, 27, was caught on Shields St at midnight on Friday after registering a reading of 0.188 per cent.
A Bungalow woman, 41, had a blood alcohol reading of 0.167 per cent at 6.40pm on Saturday on Aumuller St, while a Port Douglas man, 34, allegedly blew 0.182 at 1am on Saturday at Craiglea.
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