POLICE reinforcements from the Sydney based Traffic and Highway Patrol Command are on the Northern Rivers as part of a three day operation targeting drug and drink drivers in the Tweed Byron Local Area Command.
Northern borders highway patrol supervisor Sergeant Chad George said 20 additional cars, two buses and 30 officers attached to the Sydney based Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, were in the region to bolster resources for the operation, which concludes at 4am on Sunday morning.
"The extra resources were brought in to help with a three day operation focusing on drug and alcohol driving offences," he said.
"The operation is in response to the fact the Tweed Byron LAC has ranked number one in the state over the past three years for alcohol related crashes.
"So police will be targeting drug and drink drivers and trying to address that issue."
Sgt George said the operation which started today will focus on Byron Bay, Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah.
"Officers will be using highway patrol vehicles and we have got a couple of RBT/RDT buses to process the positive results that we get," he said.
The operation is already achieving results, Sgt George said.
"So far today there has been more than 10 positive drug results since 6am this morning," he said.
Sgt George said the operation may stretch into parts of the Richmond LAC.
"Maybe into Ballina but not so much into the rest of the area," he said.
Today police were conducting testing at Murwillumbah.
"If you're going to drink, just don't drive," he said.
"Have a plan b, another way to get home.
"With drug driving you have to make the choice whether you use drugs, which is illegal, or you drive a car.
"You can't do both."