Cops ramping up RBT blitz

RANDOM breath tests on Northern Rivers roads have more than doubled since this time last year. Northern Region traffic tactician, Chief Inspector Trent Le-Merton, said since the start of the operation there had been 3738 RBTs conducted - about 66% more than the same period last year.

"We've certainly had a big push and a big focus on RBT," he said.

"There's been higher levels of enforcement but people generally have been driving appropriately for the conditions and our actual crashes and injuries are down."

The most recent figures show 143 people have been fined for speeding, 18 for not wearing seatbelts and 144 for other traffic violations.

The number of people being charged for drink-driving in the region has increased in the past year with eight DUIs recorded in the Richmond LAC (an increase of four from the previous year) and nine for the Tweed/Byron region - an increase of two.

However, crashes for the region are down 45% and injuries down 22%.

Highway cluster supervisor for the Northern Borders, Chad George, reminded drivers the operation was still in force.



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