spreads (20).gif

Drink and drug-driving offences remain a concern following Operation Chrome – Southern Region

Seventy-eight drink and drug-driving offences were detected during a road safety enforcement campaign conducted across the Southern Region at the weekend.

Operation Chrome was enforced across the eight Southern Region police districts between Friday (1 May 2020) and Sunday (3 May 2020), targeting poor driving behaviour on rural roads.

Utilising local police and the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, the operation focused on speeding, drink and drug-driving, not wearing seatbelts, using a mobile phone behind the wheel and fatigue.

During the operation, police conducted 1928 random breath tests and charged 32 people with drink driving.

Police conducted 298 random drug tests, with 46 people returning a positive indication for the presence of a prohibited drug. Seventeen people were also found in possession of prohibited drugs.

Ninety-five charges were laid in total, and an additional 325 Traffic Infringement Notices issued for a range of offences including burnouts, distraction devices and seatbelts.

Southern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Joe Cassar APM said the number of people driving with drugs in their system is a cause for concern.

“I cannot understand why someone would think it is OK to get behind the wheel with drugs in their system, putting every single person on the road at significant risk,” Assistant Commissioner Joe Cassar said.

“We will not hesitate to stop a vehicle if we think the driver’s behaviour puts others at risk of being in an accident.

“The focus on rural roads will not end because Operation Chrome has. Although there may be less cars on our roads at the moment, we are still out and about enforcing road rules and keeping the community safe.”

COMMENTS : Due to the risks associated with comments from unidentified contributors that expose The Beagle to possible legal actions under the NSW Defamation Act 2005 No 77 anonymous or Nom de Plume comments will not be available unless the author is known to the editor by way of a verified email address or by association.

Others who provide their REAL NAME (first name AND Surname) and a verifiable email address (it won't be published) are invited to comment below. (yes it is a pain but please comply - it would be a  shame to see your comment deleted)

Those contributors KNOWN to us and verified may continue to use their First Name or Nom de plume for ease. The primary need for all of this is due to traceability should a legal action arise.

If you need anonymity email us via our normal or encrypted email accounts

Please note that if you are looking for a previous comment that is no longer visible please contact us.