Drink drivers don’t just risk their lives, but those of others

POLICE are continuing to enforce road safety during Operation Saturation and are reminding the public not to drink and drive.

Operation Saturation is a high-visibility traffic operation, aimed at combating the road toll, with a specific focus on targeting drink-driving.

The operation started on Friday April 8 and will continue to run until Thursday April 21.

It will immediately be followed by Operation GO SLOW, from Friday April 22 until Monday April 25.

So far in 2016, NSW Police have conducted 1.87 million Random Breath Tests and this number will continue to rise.

In 2015, 6.11 million RBTs were conducted, and in 2014, 5.91 million were conducted.

43,903 drivers were charged during this time.

In 2015, 624 drink drivers were charged in the Tweed Byron Local Area Command, and 489 in the Richmond Local Area Command.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said the risks of drink-driving should be obvious to all road users and police will be out to catch those who break the law.

"With Traffic and Highway Patrol Officers working alongside General Duties Police conducting random breath tests, our focus is to prosecute drink-drivers at the roadside, rather than have them involved in a serious injury or even a fatal crash," Act Ass Comm Smith said.

"While police are there to identify drink and drug driving, speeding, drivers not wearing seat belts and riders without proper helmets, it is up to the personal responsibility of road users to make the right choices.

"Those who choose to drink and drive are risking not only their lives, but the lives of their passengers and road users.

"With the road toll currently at 112, which is 27 more than this time last year, drivers, riders, cyclists, and pedestrians all need to make better choices, and be personally responsible for the road use, or risk becoming another sad statistic on our roads.

"Throughout Operation Saturation we will be out in force to ensure road users are all personally responsible for their actions, and help drive down the road toll on our roads,"

"The effects of alcohol are wide ranging and impossible to avoid. After a big night out you may still have alcohol in your system for much of the next day."

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