Rare praise for district drivers

NORTHERN Rivers motorists have won rare praise from police after the long weekend traffic operation, Operation Slowdown, caught only two drink-drivers.

Richmond Local Area Command crime prevention officer Senior Constable Michael Hogan said people were injured in two traffic accidents at the weekend.

But Snr Const Hogan said police were pleased the region had got through the weekend without a fatality or more accidents, particularly after rain began falling on Sunday.

He said a total of 29 drivers were booked for speeding, but there were no incidents of extreme speeding that resulted in drivers losing their licences on the spot.

And despite officers breath-testing 434 people only two people were charged with drink-driving.

“Obviously we'd prefer there to be no drink-driving offences, but it's down on other times,” Snr Const Hogan said.

“We're reasonably happy with the weekend. We're a bit disappointed with the number of speeding offences detected, but there were no major speeds recorded.”

Figures for the Tweed/Byron command were not available yesterday, but NSW police reported four deaths and 222 injuries after 765 major accidents across the State over the long weekend.

Also across the State:

  •  Police performed a total of 102,352 breath tests, catching 360 drink-drivers;
  •  Nearly 4000 motorists were booked for speeding;
  •  More than 300 motorists were booked for failing to wear a seatbelt;
  •  More than 5500 motorists were booked for other traffic offences.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Alan Clarke said police were disappointed with the statewide figures.

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