THE anti-drink driving message is not getting through to some older drivers, Northern Traffic Inspector Darren Hopkins said.

Inspector Hopkins said although a third of the 31 drivers booked for alcohol-related offences in holiday road safety campaign Operation Crossroads in Northern Tasmania were aged 26 to 35, the highest readings came from drivers aged 45 or older.

“The younger generation seems to be taking the drink-driving rules much more seriously than the older generation,” he said.

“The older generation, around the 40 and 50 mark, seems to be a bit lax.”

The highest reading for the state during the campaign was 0.254, recorded at a random breath test at 11.20pm on Christmas Eve by a 53-year-old man at Currie on King Island.

Inspector Hopkins said it was disappointing so many Tasmanian drivers had been drink driving – 148 alcohol-related offences were recorded statewide as of 9am yesterday, the last day of the campaign – but the figures showed an improvement on last year.

Police conducted 27,990 random breath tests between December 23 and January 2 and continued the blitz until midnight last night.

Inspector Hopkins said speeding remained a significant problem in the state, with two-thirds of the traffic infringements issued for lead-footed driving.

More than 1000 speeding tickets have been issued in the 10-day campaign.

Hoon driving has also been a problem in the South and North-West, with 17 cars clamped or towed over the holiday period.

No cars were confiscated in the North.

Inspector Hopkins said despite the high number of infringements issued, most drivers had done the right thing.

“Fortunately there were no fatal crashes in Northern Tasmania, and no serious crashes either, so driver behaviour has been good,” he said.

One person has died on Tasmanian roads this Christmas.

Shearwater man Philip Haines, 45, died when his motorcycle skidded into an oncoming ute at Union Bridge Road near Sheffield last Friday.

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