Police over the moon about fatality free Easter
Police over the moon about fatality free Easter John Gass

Fatality free Easter but traffic charges up across Tweed

TWEED had a fatality free Easter much to the delight of officers in the local area command.

Operation Tortoise began last Thursday night and ran until midnight last night.

During that time, Traffic and Highway Patrol for Tweed-Byron Local Area Command, along with the drug bus from Sydney, tested 1623 drivers for drink driving.

Eight came back positive, a significant drop from last year's figure of 21.

"Those are the figures but we did change the times this year," Senior Sergeant Bill Darnell said.

"We brought the time forward with a focus on catching people driving with drugs in their system."

Bringing the time forward saw four people driving with either cannabis or amphetamines in their system.

Operation Tortoise saw 14 restraint charges, 126 other infringements, 51 speeding tickets issued and 24 other traffic charges committed.

Snr Sgt Darnell said 24 other traffic charges were well above last year's figure which was probably the most disappointing result from the operation.

He said with traffic this Easter weekend backed up roughly 5km combined with terrible weather conditions there was a huge strain on our roads.

Which likely contributed to the 10 no fatal traffic crashes.

"Considering we had a major event within our region I'm very happy with the results," he said.

"I'm over the moon."



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