A TEENAGER too young to drive was one of several people caught doing the wrong thing on Bathurst roads over the holiday period.
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Police have been out in force across the state for the annual Operation Christmas/New Year, which targets a range of dangerous driving behaviours.
The operation concluded at midnight on Monday after police had issued 8,414 speed infringements, laid 580 drink-driving charges, attended 624 major crashes, and conducted 230,366 breath tests.
Most motorists in Bathurst did the right thing, but there were some who caught the attention of police.
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Bathurst Highway Patrol Sergeant Ryan Baird said one example was a teenager driving without a licence.
"At 3am on New Year's Day morning, Bathurst Highway Patrol stopped a vehicle on Sydney Road, Kelso for the purposes of submitting the driver to a breath test," he said.
"The driver initially provided a false name, however police identified the driver to be a 15-year-old female who has never held a driver's licence. The registration of the vehicle had also expired.
"Police confiscated the car keys of this driver and will be taking action against her for the unlicensed and unregistered driving offences."
In NSW, a person must be 16 years of age or older to obtain their learner driver licence and, as they must hold it for at least 12 months, have to be at least 17 before they can drive unsupervised.
Also on New Year's Day, police stopped a driver who subsequently presented an Indian drivers licence.
The driver was breath tested by police, and checks confirmed that this 21-year-old man had committed numerous traffic offences within the previous 18 months.
"The combined total for these offences would be 22 demerit points, which would be a loss of licence for an Australian drivers licence holder," Sgt Baird said.
"Bathurst Highway Patrol have submitted a review to have the driving privileges of this international licence holder withdrawn."
Sgt Baird said that police are now planning for their next operation for the Australia Day period.
"It is a much longer policing operation than years gone and police will be focusing on the major factors that contribute to road trauma," he said.
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