Drink-driver blows five times the legal limit

A DRINK-driver who blew in excess of five times the legal limit was the highest BAC reading detected by police on New Year's Day.

The woman had driven from Dunalley and was heading to Sandy Bay.

Police stopped her on the Tasman Bridge.

A breath-test showed the driver had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.252.

Police charged the woman with having exceeded 0.05 BAC and having driven under the influence of alcohol because her driving was so poor.

Inspector Darren Hopkins, of Northern District Support Services, said this was another example of police enforcement during Operation Crossroads to prevent what might have been a serious or fatal crash.

There were 12 crashes reported statewide on New Year's Day.

None were serious and only four required short hospital admissions.

The causes of the crashes were driving too fast for the slippery road after rain (one crash), and failure to give way (three crashes).

Results from Operation Crossroads so far, compared to last year:

*Random breath tests conducted:  25,755, down 8 per cent.

*Drink-driving offences detected: 109, up 3 per cent.

*Drug tests conducted: 69, down 57 per cent.

*Positive drug tests: 22, no change.

*Licence offences detected: 170, up 2 per cent.

*Traffic fines issued: 1523, up 16 per cent.

*Speeding offences detected: 1162, up 23 per cent.

*Vehicles clamped or confiscated: 23, up 10 per cent.

*Fatalities: two, down 33 per cent.

Operation Crossroads ends tomorrow.

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