Drink-driving figures cause for optimism

I AM amazed that only two people in the Richmond Local Area Command were caught drink-driving over the long weekend.

Pleased, but amazed.

Two is still too many, but it is a far cry from the double figures which are usually produced after a long weekend police operation in our region.

So does this mean all the money the NSW Government is spending with big advertising companies to come up with 'trendy don't drink and drive' campaigns is paying off?

I don't know if I would go that far. I think it is a change in peer pressure - pressure not to drink and drive.

And in 10 years in journalism, I have noticed it is not the youth that are mainly responsible for drink-driving.

It's generally the middle-aged men (or less often women) who think they have only had two or three and are surprised to find they are over the limit.

Some examples we see from the police are worse than a sick joke, such as someone who is pulled over at 8am and has consumed 36 schooners.

It's not funny. It's irresponsible and possibly fatal.

I'm glad to see some part of the message is getting through, as the latest figures for the Richmond area seem to reflect.

Unfortunately, the figures for the Tweed/Byron region have not been tallied up yet, so we'll have to wait and see if it shows a similar story. I hope it does.

And I hope we set good examples for our children so the thought of drinking and driving does not even factor into the equation in the future.

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