Drink-drive blitz is on this weekend

IF YOU are planning to drink and drive between Friday and Sunday, think again.

That is the message from Richmond Local Area Command acting Crime Manager, Det Insp Bernadette Ingram, with Operation Drink Drive II kicking off from midnight tonight.

Det Insp Ingram said the three- day state-wide operation, which finishes at midnight on Saturday, will target drink-driving and other irresponsible driving behaviour.

"Operation 'Drink Drive II' 2012 is an annual State-wide traffic enforcement primarily targeting the road trauma causal factors of alcohol and/or drug-impaired road users, inappropriate speed, seatbelts and helmets and fatigued road users," she said.

Det Insp Ingram said police will be out in force in a high visibility operation aiming to curb the road toll.

"The message is simply don't drink and drive, because you are more likely than not to be stopped by police and if you are over the limit you will have to face some pretty stiff penalties, including losing your licence altogether, hefty fines and in some cases jail," she said.

In last year's Drink Drive II operation police conducted 79,871 breath tests and charged 146 motorists with drink-driving.

A total of 2099 traffic infringement notices were issued to motorists while 705 infringement notices were issued for speeding offences.



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