3 April 2024

P-plater allegedly five times legal alcohol limit for licensed driver, says ‘only had two beers’

| Oliver Jacques
NSW Police.

The woman was taken to Griffith Police Station for a breath test. Photo: SCM Jeans.

A 32-year-old woman on a provisional licence allegedly blew more than five times the legal alcohol limit for a fully licensed driver during a police breath test in Griffith over Easter.

Griffith Police Inspector Glenn Smith informed Region the incident allegedly occurred at 10 am on Good Friday, 29 March.

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The woman was seen driving a silver Volkswagen station wagon along Beelbangera Road towards Yenda. Police were flagged down by several members of the public due to her manner of driving.

The woman was stopped, produced a P1 [Provisional] NSW driver’s licence and was submitted to a breath test which she allegedly failed. She was arrested and taken to Griffith Police Station where a breath analysis allegedly returned a reading of 0.274. The woman claimed she had only had two beers.

In NSW, a provisional driver is not permitted to have any alcohol in their system when driving. The legal limit for a fully licensed driver is 0.05.

Police suspended the woman’s licence and issued her with a notice informing her she had to attend court. She will appear before the Griffith Local Court on 15 May to answer for this alleged offence.

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