SCOTT POWICK

Three day drug blitz sees one in six drivers test positive

ONE in six drivers who were drug tested during a three day police blitz across the Tweed Byron Local Area Command tested positive.

Northern borders highway patrol supervisor Senior 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 ran from last Thursday and concluded at 4am on Sunday morning.

Snr Sgt George said drug testing was conducted at Byron Bay, Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah.

"622 drivers were roadside drug tested with 104 returning positive readings for either cannabis or methylamphetamine," he said.

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

Snr Sgt George said the number of people caught driving with illicit drugs in their system was disappointing.

"It is pretty disappointing the number of people in the community that drive with illicit drugs present in their system," he said.

"They are obviously putting themselves and other members of the community at risk doing that.

"The number of people either speeding, not wearing seatbelts and talking on their phones and three of the biggest killers on our roads and its disappointing that people continue with that behaviour."

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

Results

4020 drivers breath tested - 22 detected drink driving

622 drivers drug tested - 104 detected drug driving

76 drivers charged for speeding

35 drivers charged for seatbelt offences

42 drivers charged for mobile phone offences

476 other offences including driving an unregistered vehicle and other traffic offences

34 other charges



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