A woman has been charged with drink driving after her car carrying two young children was involved in a crash.
Emergency services were called to Woollahra about 7pm (Tuesday 2 August 2016) after two cars collided at the intersection of Jersey Road and Ocean Street.
Police will allege the woman’s vehicle had failed to negotiate a left hand turn before crossing to the incorrect side of the road and colliding with an oncoming vehicle.
Both drivers and two children aged four and six were checked by NSW Ambulance paramedics but were not injured.
The 37-year-old woman was subjected to a roadside breath test and returned a positive result.
She was placed under arrest and taken to Waverley Police Station where she allegedly returned a breath analysis reading of 0.182.
The woman was issued a court attendance notice for the offence of high range PCA to appear at Waverley Local Court on Tuesday 20 September 2016.
The woman’s licence was suspended.
Last month we shared that traffic and Highway Patrol Command boss John Hartley said he was stunned by the amount of recent cases of mothers with dangerous alcohol levels driving their children around.
“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.”
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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