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NSW police breath-test 60,000 during blitz

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Almost 60,000 people have been breath tested by NSW police who have issued more than 2000 traffic fines and charged 58 motorists with drink driving during the Easter road blitz.

They’ve handed out 910 speeding notices and another 1,500 tickets for other offences since Operation Tortoise began on Friday.

On Sunday afternoon, a 25-year-old man was breath tested after Deniliquin police saw him swerve onto the wrong side of the road.

He allegedly blew 0.261, more than five times the limit, and was charged with high-range drink driving and is due before Finlay Local Court in June.

A 19-year-old woman was on Sunday morning charged after being caught behind the wheel with an alleged blood-alcohol concentration of 0.163.

She also caught the attention of police while driving down the wrong side of a Cronulla road.

In the early hours of Monday morning a man, 24, was allegedly clocked speeding through a 80km/h zone at 140 km/h.

“The driver was issued a traffic infringement notice for exceeding speed by more than 45km/h and his licence was suspended for a period of six months,” police said.

Traffic and highway patrol’s commander Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said it’s disappointing people were drink-driving despite consistent warnings from police.

“If you’re going out to have a drink you need to find another way home, driving is simply not an option,” he said.

Despite the heavy traffic only two people have died, down from three during Easter last year.