NSW Police Media Highway Patrol
NSW Police Media Highway Patrol

Northern Rivers police blitz starts on Friday

MOTORISTS who are still getting over the Tweed Byron police blitz a fortnight ago - lookout - it all starts again on Friday.

Northern borders highway patrol supervisor Senior Sergeant Chad George said additional police resources will descend on the Northern Rivers across the traditionally busy holiday period for Operation Safe Arrival in an effort to curb the road toll.

Snr Sergeant George said with the Tweed Byron command having the second highest number of fatalities in NSW this year and the Richmond command ranking third, police operations would continue.

During the recent three day blitz across Tweed Byron, one in six drivers returned positive roadside drug tests.

“622 drivers were roadside drug tested with 104 returning positive readings for either cannabis or methylamphetamine,” Snr Sgt George said.

“During that time there was 4020 people breath tested and 22 people returned positive readings for alcohol.”

Last year, 1155 drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders began a journey ending in tragedy.

Snr Sgt George said the police operation across the Northern Rivers will run from December 18 until January 3.



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