Speedsters up but drink driver numbers down
A STATEWIDE police blitz has netted more than 500 speeding drivers in just one day but the number of people caught drink driving has plummeted.
Operation Drink Drive wrapped up at midnight on Saturday with 539 drivers booked for speeding on day two of the three-day blitz.
During the same period, police conducted nearly 70,000 breath tests on NSW roads with 32 drivers caught over the limit which is down from 155 caught during the same operation in 2014.
The three-day campaign focuses on drink-driving but also targets drug-affected motorists, fatigue, seatbelts and speeding.
On day two of the operation:
- 32 drivers were caught over the alcohol limit, out of 69,447 people breath-tested
(down from 155 people in 2014 out of 93,384 breath tests);
- 539 individuals were stopped for speeding and issued infringements
(up from 404 people in 2014);
- 82 major crashes were reported, while 30 people were injured
(down from 175 major crashes and 49 injured in 2014);
- 1839 other traffic infringements, including not wearing seatbelts were issued
(up from 1709 other infringements in 2014).
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said that despite the reduction in drink-driving and major crashes, there are still too many people breaking the law.
"Traffic and Highway Patrol officers and local police have been conducting thousands of random breath tests across the state," he said.
"It is encouraging to see a decline in the number of people arrested for drink driving, however we continue to see people breaking the law."