More than 70 drivers caught in Sydney weekend drink-driving blitz
Police in western Sydney have caught more than 70 motorists driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during a major road safety blitz.
Operation “Nabbed” was conducted by officers on the M4 between Merrylands and Emu Plains over two days on Friday and Saturday.
After conducting more than 12,000 breath tests, a total of 63 drivers were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and 13 motorists returned a positive detection for driving under the influence of illicit drugs.
In addition to the drink-driving charges, 62 motorists were charged with other traffic offences and a total of 482 infringements were issued over the two-day operation.
Acting Superintendent of NSW Police Force’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Mick Rochester said the choice motorists made was simple.
“We see time and time again that driving under the influence impairs your decisions and affects your ability to drive a motor vehicle,” said Supt. Rochester.
“Don’t add to our road toll by putting yourself or another innocent party at risk because of a momentary decision.”
Operation “Nabbed” has been conducted on three previous occasions by police, returning a total of 162 drink driving offences.
Executive Director of the NSW Centre for Road Safety Bernard Carlon said motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs continue to cause major trauma on NSW’s roads.
“Alcohol, cannabis, amphetamines and other drugs affect your driving skills and concentration, even though you may think you are driving well,” said Carlon.
“Last year, 55 people lost their lives on our roads because someone had too much to drink before getting behind the wheel, and in the 7 years up to 2017, 484 people died on our roads in crashes involving motorists with at least one of three illicit drugs (cannabis, methamphetamine or ecstasy) in their system.
“This is why we are introducing stronger and swifter penalties for drink and drug driving offenders.”
Mr Carlon warned that harsher penalties were in store for motorists found to be driving under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs.
“New laws have been recently passed to ensure all offenders, including low range drink drivers, will pay the price and serve time off the road with a suspended licence and heavy fines. Mid-range drink drivers will join high range and repeat offenders with mandatory alcohol interlocks fitted to their vehicles,” said Carlon.
“Cocaine testing has already been included in the roadside drug testing regime in NSW.