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NSW police are concerned with the rise of parents drink driving with kids in the car.

NSW police reported, a woman has been charged after allegedly drink-driving with three children in her car in Sutherland last night.

About 6.50pm (Sunday 19 June 2016), officers from Sutherland Local Area Command stopped a car on the Old Princes Highway after the driver allegedly mounted a kerb while trying to park in a ‘no stopping’ zone.

The officers spoke with the driver, a 41-year-old woman, and subjected her to a roadside breath test.

Three children were in the car at the time.

The driver allegedly returned a positive reading and was arrested for the purpose of a breath analysis.

She was taken to Sutherland Police Station where she allegedly returned a breath analysis reading of 0.122.

The woman was charged with mid-range drink-driving and had her licence suspended on the spot.

She was granted conditional bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Thursday 7 July 2016

In another case NSW police have reported, a woman has been charged after allegedly driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol with three children in the back seat after being stopped in Sydney’s south west today.

Just after 8am (Sunday 19 June 2016), officers from the Joint Traffic Task Force (Traffic & Highway Patrol Command) stopped a Volvo SUV attempting a u-turn on the Hume Highway near Liverpool.

The officers spoke with the driver, a woman aged 44, and subjected her to a roadside breath test.

Three children, aged between nine and 11 were also in the vehicle, along with another woman.

The driver allegedly returned a positive reading and was arrested for the purpose of a breath analysis.

She was conveyed to Liverpool Police Station where she allegedly returned a breath analysis reading of 0.183, which is in the high-range category.

The woman was charged with high-range drink-driving and had her licence suspended.

She was given conditional bail to appear before Liverpool Local Court on Wednesday 13 July 2016.

Police have said a week earlier a 49-year-old woman was arrested at Belrose in Sydney’s north with a blood alcohol level of 0.108.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command boss John Hartley said he was left stunned by recent cases of mothers with dangerous alcohol levels driving their children about, reports Daily Telegraph.

“I think what we are seeing is a list of mothers with children in a car and importantly some very high readings, which indicates more than two wines at lunch,” Mr Hartley said.

“So that does concern me greatly.

“Mothers think they will get away because police won’t be around. This shows it is not a myth we are around targeting drink driving.

“Whether it is mum, dad, grandfather or grandmother picking up or dropping off (children), they should be capable of doing that without risking their lives.”

Drinkwise Australia says Australia has strict laws about drinking alcohol and driving, with the legal limit set at 0.05 blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Learners and probationary license-holders must have a 0.00 BAC.

Even after just a few, your driving ability is affected. The more you drink, the higher your blood alcohol concentration, and the greater your chance of having an accident.

A little over the limit? Twice as likely to crash!

How alcohol affects your driving

If you drink alcohol and drive, you’re likely to find it difficult to:
•Judge the speed of your vehicle;
•See and hear normally;
•Judge the distance between your car and other vehicles;
•Notice traffic lights, pedestrians and other hazards;
•Concentrate on the task of driving;
•Keep you balance, especially if you are riding a motorcycle;
•Stay awake when you are driving; and
•React appropriately to things going on around you, particularly if an unexpected hazard should suddenly appear.

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  • If you’re drinking and then you drive, you are an idiot. If you drive with your kids in the car you are a TOTAL idiot. They should target drink driving and do double demerits all the time.

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  • I spend a lot of time home alone with my daughter, which is why I don’t drink. If I need to drive her anywhere, I want to be sober

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  • I think Australia’s drinking culture is way out of control. It starts with parents either drinking in moderation, or not at all, so that a better example is set for their children.

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  • I find this really scary. I think there should be stricter rules about drink-driving in Australia!

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  • No one should be behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.It endangers themselves and innocent people around them.

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  • And it’s also endangering other people’s kids if you’re doing things like the school pickup while drunk.

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