Blitz on drink drivers

Visibility: Officers with breath testers were highly visible at the launch of Operation Drink Drive.
Visibility: Officers with breath testers were highly visible at the launch of Operation Drink Drive.

ALMOST 250,000 drivers were breath-tested during NSW Police's three-day state-wide Operation Drink Drive 1 which ended last Saturday.

In that time, 1156 speeding infringements were issued and 124 motorists were charged with drink driving.

The blitz began last Thursday with officers breath-testing drivers on major highways and roads in suburban and regional areas.

By the end of the operation, two people had been killed, one at Richmond Road in Blacktown last Friday.

NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said while there were fewer fatalities than during last year's Operation Drink Drive 1, there were still two too many.

"There were two fatalities during the Operation Drink Drive 1 period, which is five down on last year," Mr Hartley said.

"However, it still represents two families who have to cope with the devastating loss of a loved one."

"While the statistics for Operation Drink Drive 1 have been encouraging our current NSW road toll remains higher than at this time last year."

Mr Hartley also said Operation Drink Drive 1 was immediately followed by Operation Saturation, a state-wide, four-week blitz on speeding drivers.

Operation Saturation will end on Sunday March 23.

"Operation Saturation will target sections of road where recent fatalities and other serious crashes have occurred," he said.

"Officers will use high-visibility tools, such as radars and roadside breath tests, to catch drivers risking the lives of themselves and others.

"The use of static operations increases police visibility on our roads, and high visibility is acknowledged by road safety experts worldwide as a major deterrent to bad driver behaviour, particularly speeding."

Mr Hartley said these operations, which would save lives, were a critical part of road safety campaigns.

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