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A sobering warning to drivers

Preparing for the drink-driving blitz are (from left) Sgt Tom Kirk; Richmond duty officer in charge of the Highway Patrol, Inspector Gary Cowan; and Snr Const Peter Kirk, of the Highway Patrol.
Preparing for the drink-driving blitz are (from left) Sgt Tom Kirk; Richmond duty officer in charge of the Highway Patrol, Inspector Gary Cowan; and Snr Const Peter Kirk, of the Highway Patrol. Jay Cronan

DRINK-DRIVERS will be target number one for police across the Northern Rivers until midnight on Saturday as the statewide Operation Drink Drive I shifts into gear from today.

Inspector Darren Steel, from the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command, said extra police resources would be deployed across the command.

“For the last nine years we’ve had the unfortunate tag as the top drink-driving region in the State,” he said. “Obviously this is a serious concern to police and I can promise you we will be blitzing the roads for the whole 72 hours of the operation.

“It upsets police that we keep running these operations and keep warning drivers and they still keep drinking and driving.

“Getting caught drink-driving is not unlucky, or just a simple traffic matter, it is a criminal offence with substantial fines and penalties.

“If you drink and drive it’s only a matter of time before you kill or injure yourself or others – it’s just not worth it.”

Inspector Gary Cowan, from the Richmond Local Area Command, assured drink-drivers they would be no safer in the Richmond area.

“We will have the mobile Random Breath Testing unit deployed, but people should remember that every police vehicle is a mobile RBT,” he said.

“We won’t be just on the highways – expect to see us on the back roads too.

“If you’re going to licensed premises then organise a designated driver, use the courtesy buses or take a cab.”



Missing swimmer on north coast, search underway

HAZARDOUS SURF: Surf lifesavers are pleading with the public to stay out of the water this weekend after one of the biggest rescue days occurred on Saturday and swimmer is still missing on the north coast.

Hazardous surf warning and one swimmer missing

Ute and truck smash on highway

CRASH RESCUE: At 2am on Sunday the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out to a crash involving a ute colliding with a truck on the Pacific motorway near Brunswick Heads.

Pacific Highway blocked after ute and truck smash

Ferry return to service delayed

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Service will not resume as expected

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