Hamilton police have caught three drink drivers in just 24 hours across the weekend, one of them a learner driver who blew close to 0.1.
Sergeant Rex Habel said it was "a disappointing result", especially following another drink driving offender recording more than triple the legal alcohol limit on Friday.
A 25-year-old Hamilton woman was stopped by police in the Hamilton CBD on Saturday. She was on her learner permit but did not have an accompanying adult in the car with her and blew a positive reading on the preliminary breath test.
The woman was taken to Hamilton police station where she recorded an evidentiary test of nearly 0.1, nearly double the legal limit for full license holders. Learner drivers are not permitted to have any alcohol in their system when driving.
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Her permit was immediately cancelled and she was released pending a court summons. Sergeant Habel said it was up to a judge to decide how long it would be before the woman could reapply for a learner permit.
In the early hours of Sunday morning a male P-plate driver was pulled over after leaving a local licensed venue in Hamilton. He blew a positive preliminary reading and was taken to Hamilton police station where he recorded an evidentiary reading above the legal limit.
His license was cancelled immediately for six months and he was issued a $545 fine.
Then at 3pm on Sunday afternoon a 33-year-old Hamilton woman was intercepted by Highway Patrol in Hamilton's CBD. She blew a positive preliminary reading and then an evidentiary reading over the legal limit.
Her license was cancelled for six months and because she had a previous offence she was released pending a court summons, rather than receiving an on-the-spot fine.
Sergeant Habel said it was a frustrating weekend.
"But the point is, if you choose to get behind the wheel over the legal limit you can expect to be intercepted by police," he said.
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