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Police on the roads for statewide blitz

POLICE are targeting illegal and risky driving behaviours, including drink-driving and speeding, as part of a three-day, statewide operation.

Operation Drink Drive 1 runs until 11.59pm on Saturday.

Last year (2015), officers breath-tested more than six million drivers across the state, resulting in 18,809 being charged with drink-driving, which is one in 324 motorists.

Police also conducted 58,000 drug-driving tests and charged 9118 with drug-driving, which is one in six motorists.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said police will be out in force to ensure that all road users are safe and behaving in a responsible manner.

"With the state's road toll currently at 40 fatalities from 39 fatal crashes, being four crashes and seven deaths down on this time last year, this operation is about making sure those that are drinking and driving, placing themselves, their passengers and other road users at risk, are taken off our roads."

The operation will have a major focus on drink-driving, but will also target drug-affected motorists, fatigue, seatbelts and speeding.

Traffic and Highway Patrol officers will be joined by local police, conducting thousands of random breath tests across the state.

Yesterday, police charged a man disqualified from driving until 2021 with high-range drink driving after he allegedly crashed into the wall of a bottle shop on the Central Coast.

"This is exactly the type of behaviour we're trying to stamp out. This man has been disqualified from driving for the next five years and yet he was caught allegedly with high-range PCA. It is fortunate he didn't hurt himself or other innocent road users."



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