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Easter drink-drivers caught in NSW, Vic

Easter drink-drivers caught in NSW, Vic

Hundreds of people have been caught driving after having too much to drink in NSW and Victoria over the Easter long weekend.

The NSW Police Easter Operation ran from 12.01am on Thursday until 11.59pm on Monday, with double demerits in place for speeding, seatbelt, phone and helmet offences.

Some 310 people were busted over the blood-alcohol limit.

Among them is a 40-year-old Toyota driver who blew 0.184 - more than three times the limit - at 8.30am on Easter Sunday.

He was pulled over near Wellington, northwest of the Blue Mountains, and will appear in court in two weeks on a high-range drink-driving charge.

A 23-year-old blew 0.126 after being caught driving 155km/h in a 100km/h zone near Taree on Monday evening.

He's never held a NSW driver's licence and had already been disqualified from holding one until mid-2022. He's now facing three criminal charges.

"It's disappointing that there are still people in the community who aren't getting the message and are putting themselves and others at risk with reckless behaviour," Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb said.

Five people died in crashes on NSW roads over the long weekend, two more than last year.

Victoria, meanwhile, endured its worst Easter long weekend road toll since 2007 as a further five people lost their lives in separate crashes across the state.

Road Policing Command Acting Assistant Commissioner John Fitzpatrick said they were all avoidable.

"Whether the factor is speed, distraction, inattention, no seat belt, fatigue or alcohol, road trauma can be avoided," he said.

"The behaviour of some people, who think they can get away with doing the wrong thing all the while risking the lives of others, can only be described as idiotic and selfish."

In total, Victoria Police caught almost 300 drivers above the blood-alcohol limit and some 270 with drugs in their system over its five-day road safety operation.

Notable offences included a 15-year-old boy pulled over at Altona who allegedly blew 0.104 and an overloaded car impounded at Hoppers Crossing that had four children aged two to 12 in the back seat.