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Ten Minutes Into Double Demerits, Man Caught Drink Driving Twice In Two Hours

In what must be record time, NSW Police have allegedly nabbed a repeat-offender almost immediately after the launch of their Christmas-New Year road safety operation.

Operation Safe Arrival kicked off at 12.01 Friday morning, signalling the crackdown on reckless drivers over the holiday period.

Just after 12am, police were called to Kirribilli Avenue on Sydney's North Shore after a car was stopped by the Australian Federal Police.

The 36-year-old driver was arrested and taken to Chatswood Police Station where a breath test allegedly returned a reading of 0.159 -- more than three times the legal limit.

He was charged with high range drink driving and had his licence suspended on the spot.

Apparently, the warning wasn't headed, and just two hours later the man returned to his car, police said.

Police were once again alerted, the man was re-arrested, and a subsequent breath test returned a reading of 0.117.

NSW Police Force Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy was less than impressed with the incident.

“Operation Safe Arrival was less than 10 minutes old and we have someone detected high range drink drinking for the first time and then again a couple of hours later,” he said.

“What do we have to say or do to get people to get the message through? You even think of doing something wrong and my officers will be there."

READ MORE: Risk 10 Demerit Points If You Use Your Phone While Driving This Christmas

The North Shore man was again charged, this time with mid-range drink-driving and driving whilst suspended, before being granted conditional bail.

He will appear in court next year.

Operation Safe Arrival will see hundreds of officers on NSW roads until New Years Day, dolling out double demerits for speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences.

But the fastest way to lose your license this Christmas will be to use your mobile phone while driving. Texting behind the wheel runs the risk of a 10-demerit point slash.