Police drive road warning

POLICE have expressed frustration at drivers who are not taking road safety seriously after a car with four people in it rolled at Hadspen on Monday, less than 24 hours after it was stopped over alleged drink-driving.

Launceston police acting Inspector Mike Gillies said police charged an 18-year-old West Launceston woman with three driving offences after the learner driver was allegedly driving unaccompanied and with a blood alcohol concentration of more than 0.05 on the Midland Highway at 2.30am.

``Later that day, at 11.20pm, that same vehicle was involved in an accident on Cook Street, Hadspen,'' acting Inspector Gillies said.

``There were four people in the car.''

The car rolled and is understood to be badly damaged.

Acting Inspector Gillies said it was not clear if the driver was the same in both cases and said police were still investigating the crash.

He said it was particularly disappointing to see a learner driver allegedly flouting drink-driving laws.

Inexperience and alcohol were among the top causes of Tasmania's 34 road fatalities last year.

``It's a timely reminder from police that while we remain fatality-free for the new year, we need people to be vigilant at all hours of the day and night because crashes do happen and can easily become serious,'' acting Inspector Gillies said.

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