Fast and foolish: driver clocked at 157km/h in the Eurobodalla

The long weekend proved many drivers on Eurobodalla roads are getting the message about road safety-with some high-speed and intoxicated exceptions.

Highway patrol police have welcomed a holiday weekend without a serious car accident in the Far South Coast local area command.

“We are happy that there weren’t any serious accidents, which is a positive outcome, because there was quite a lot of traffic out there,” a spokesman said.

“The message is getting through to many, but there is still an element out there that wants to flout the laws about drink driving and speeding.

“We had one person caught drink driving twice in one night, and another caught speeding while mid-range drink driving­-this is pure stupidity.

“Even with all the education nowadays, there are still people prepared to roll the dice.”

They included a 57-year-old ACT man stopped by police after being detected driving at 154km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Princes Highway at Bimbimbie at 10.39pm on Sunday. 

He was issued with an infringement notice.  

Half an hour later, a 55-year-old Narooma man was also stopped on the Princes Highway at Bimbimbie after being detected doing 139km/h in a 100 zone in his Holden Commodore wagon at 11.12pm.

He was breath-tested, producing a positive result, and arrested before he informed police his wife was asleep on a mattress in the rear of the vehicle.

He returned a mid-range reading at Moruya Police Station.

His licence was suspended and he will appear in Moruya Local Court on July 10 charged with mid-range drink driving, exceeding the speed limit by over 30km/h and having an unrestrained passenger. 

Officers breath-tested 4485 drivers and recorded 55 speeding offences, five seat belt infringements and 50 other offences.

The offenders included a 51-year-old Catalina man stopped for a breath test in South Street, Batemans Bay, at 5.18pm on Saturday.

The test proved positive and he was arrested and taken to Batemans Bay Police Station, where analysis showed a mid-range reading.

He was also driving with a suspended licence, after having been caught low-range drink driving in 2014.

A 25-year-old Sydney woman was caught driving with a cancelled licence on the Princes Highway at Batemans Bay on Saturday morning.

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