Police have caught several drivers in the past 24 hours drinking stubbies while behind the wheel.
Police have caught several drivers in the past 24 hours drinking stubbies while behind the wheel. Peter Holt

Drink driving operation starts at midnight

POLICE are warning motorists "if you are foolish enough to drink and drive, getting stopped by police is the best possible outcome," as Operation Drink Drive kicks off at midnight.

NSW Police Force Operations Commander Traffic and Highway Patrol, Superintendent Stuart Smith, said drink driving all too often leads to a far worse result than a driving suspension and criminal record.

"Anyone who drinks and drives needs to realise that the consequences of their actions could be horrific," he said.

"If you drink and drive, and have a crash, you could very well end up in jail or hospital.

"Worse yet, you may be burdened with a lifetime of guilt if your stupidity leads to the death of an innocent person or family."

Operation Drink Drive 1 commences at 12.01 am tomorrow and will run through until 11.59pm on Saturday.

Police will be out in force over the three days and plan to conduct more than 100,000 random breath tests.

Each of the NSW Police Force's 80 Local Area Commands will be supported by large numbers of officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command over the course of Operation Drink Drive 1.

During last year's Drink Drive 1 operation, police charged 187 people with drink driving. 

A further 2,125 motorists were booked for speeding while 5,099 road-users were issued infringements for other driving offences.  



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