11 June 2024

Motorcycle dad facing drink and drug driving charges

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Illawarra Highway Patrol stopped a motorcyclist who was allegedly riding without a licence in Albion Park Rail. Photo: File.

A motorcyclist riding with a five-year-old passenger is facing a raft of charges after Illawarra Highway Patrol stopped him in Albion Park Rail on the long weekend.

A police spokesperson said the man, who was allegedly riding an unregistered motorcycle, was stopped at about 4:30 pm on Saturday (8 June) on Oak Street.

He was not wearing a helmet and his five-year-old son was a pillion passenger, police said.

The man was subject to a roadside breath test which allegedly returned a positive result. A roadside drug test allegedly returned a positive result for cannabis and cocaine.

He was arrested and taken to Oak Flats Police Station where a breath analysis returned an alleged reading of 0.027.

Police discovered the man’s driver’s licence was disqualified.

He was charged with driving with special-range PCA, and driving a motor vehicle while disqualified.

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He was issued five infringement notices including riding a motorbike with a passenger under eight years not in a sidecar, not wearing an approved helmet, and using an uninsured and unregistered vehicle on the road, which carries fines of $3090.

The man was given conditional bail to appear before Kiama Local Court on Monday 1 July.

He was among thousands of drivers stopped during the four-day King’s Birthday long weekend traffic operation, which ended with two lives lost on NSW roads.

With double demerits in force, officers targeted speeding, drink and drug driving, mobile phone, helmet and other traffic offences.

Across the state, police issued 4209 speed infringements, attended 255 major crashes, conducted 153,767 breath tests with 237 people charged with drink-driving, and recorded 654 positive drug detections.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden said the type of behaviour shown by a small number of motorists was unacceptable.

“While the rest of the state abides by the road rules, these few irresponsible drivers are extremely lucky they did not harm themselves or other road users,” he said.

“Over the weekend, two people lost their lives in separate crashes at Bateau Bay and Tomingley. While this is significantly less than the same period last year, it is still one life too many.”

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