Hobart driver blows 0.253

Written By miftah nugraha on Jumat, 29 Maret 2013 | 19.55

A HOBART driver is still sobering up after being caught more than four times over the legal blood-alcohol limit by police.

Police say they are dismayed by the number of drink drivers already hitting the roads this Easter long weekend.

The 29-year-old was pulled over for a breath test in Sandy Bay at 3.30am today and blew 0.253 -- close to what medical experts consider the deadly range.

"When breathalysed, he was so drunk and violent he ripped the print-out from the breathalyser instrument and had to be restrained by police," Inspector Darren Hopkins said.

"He is still in the cells until he sobers up and will be served a 12-month immediate disqualification notice, along with other penalties."

Another incident in Hobart last night involved police being called to a four-vehicle smash on Huon Road in South Hobart.

The driver, travelling south towards Hobart, hit three parked cars. All were damaged beyond repair.

Drugs and alcohol are alleged to have been behind the crash, which left the female driver trapped.

"She was extracted by Tasmania Fire Service and transported by ambulance to the Royal Hobart Hospital Emergency with suspected spinal injuries," Insp Hopkins said.

The woman is expected to be charged with driving under the influence.

With police management undoubtedly keen to ensure recent budget cuts and a drop in police numbers are not blamed for a bad Easter long weekend on the state's roads, traffic police have already completed 10,555  breath tests compared with 5393 last year.

"Unfortunately this has resulted in twice the number drink drivers detected," Insp Hopkins said.

With Good Friday statistically the most dangerous day on the roads, police are bracing themselves for further crashes while hoping for another zero Easter road toll -- as was achieved in 2012.

"Wear a seatbelt, drive to the conditions and don't speed, don't drink or drug drive and take regular breaks to avoid fatigue, because that too can contribute to inattention, which does cause crashes," Insp Hopkins said.

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