Manning River Drive in North NSW may have been the scene of a tragic motorbike accident over the weekend, if police hadn’t stepped in and made an arrest.
At approximately 17:00 on Saturday afternoon (September 29), a man was allegedly driving his motorbike near Taree while under the influence of alcohol.
Officers from the Manning Great Lakes Local Area Command noticed that he was steering erratically and therefore pulled him over.
A breath test was conducted, which returned a positive result. A check also revealed that he was a disqualified driver.
The man was subsequently arrested and taken to Taree Police Station. There, a more comprehensive breath test analysis found an alleged reading of 0.183.
It is fortunate that the police spotted the man when they did, especially considering that he was carrying a passenger – his 11-year-old son.
Once at the station, the man was also charged with ‘drive vehicle in a dangerous manner’, ‘high range PCA’ and ‘drive whilst disqualified’.
He is currently on bail, but is due to appear in the local courts later this month.
This incident was just one of many this long weekend. Police were out in full force as part of Operation Slowdown, a campaign to promote safety and responsible driving over the long labour weekend.
As of midday yesterday (Monday October 1), the road toll stood at two, according to a police report.
It may rise to three, but police are currently investigating a fatal car accident that happened on Saturday evening.
At approximately 19:15, a black Toyota Prado left the road while travelling along the M4 at Emu Plains and subsequently collided with a pylon.
There were two passengers in the car, a male and a female both aged 34 years old. They were rushed to a nearby hospital but the women passed away, and the man remains in critical condition.
Meanwhile, police are trying their best to minimise the risk of other incidents occurring by enforcing the law and arresting those driving recklessly.
On Sunday, nearly 40,000 breath tests were conducted across the state, bringing the total number of people charged for drink driving over the weekend up to 124.
Final Operation Slowdown results are expected to be released once the holiday is over.
If you or a family member were involved in an accident and believe you may be eligible for compensation, then there are lawyers in Sydney who can help you make a claim.