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Drink drivers pay price in crackdown

Monday January 13, 2020 Written by Published in Crime
This tangled mess of unclaimed motorbikes will likely be auctioned, if owners don’t claim them from the police headquarters. 20011202 This tangled mess of unclaimed motorbikes will likely be auctioned, if owners don’t claim them from the police headquarters. 20011202

Strict drink-drive enforcement has left police with an unexpected problem: an alleyway full of seized motorbikes whose owners haven’t claimed them back.

This weekend, police arrested three motorcyclists and charged them with drink-driving – one just 16 years old. A fourth reported drink driver on Saturday night got away from them.

On Friday night, police were called to a disturbance and found that a motorcyclist had been involved in a crash. He was subsequently tested and found to be more than double the legal limit, said police spokesperson Trevor Pitt.

It is part of an intensive police crackdown on drink-driving. In just one night last week, police checked 121 vehicles at various checkpoints and breathalysed 93 of the drivers. Three people were forbidden from driving and another three were warned. One person was fined for speeding.

But Pitt said police have also been left with a “tangled mess of unclaimed motorbikes” that were likely to be auctioned, if they cannot track down the owners.

“Should any remain unclaimed or owners unidentified, a legal process will be required to settle their disposal. One option the police are likely to recommend is auctioning.”