The NSW Police are declaring war on drink driving, going so far as to release a list of the ten worst areas for drink driving within the great state of New South Wales. The name-and-shame tactic has come hot on the heels of a busy summer season spent prosecuting a massive amount of offenders.
‘Operation Saturation’, which has been conducted over the last two weeks, saw a huge number of breath tests applied to randomly selected NSW drivers. Out of the total 19,840 administered breath tests, 431 drivers were found to have been over the limit. According to police, the statistic has a direct correlation with the commission of other, more serious offences. “For the same period in 2014, there were 692 serious injury and fatal crashes on our roads,” Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley explained.
But the AC also claimed that the tactical operation had dramatically reduced the previous year’s criminal rates. “As a result of this operation, these numbers were reduced to 431, a decline of 38 per cent, which shows this operation has been both effective as a deterrent to poor driver behaviour and in reducing the cost of serious injury and fatal crashes on our roads,” Mr Hartley told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Though all statistics seem to indicate a downward trend in the DUI rates, the state’s top brass are remaining cautious about the rosy stats. They have now instituted ‘Operation Drink Drive 1’, another operation targeted at drink driving offenders. “Those that run the risk of drink-driving will be breath-tested and prosecuted off our roads, which will have an impact not only on their driver’s licence, but also on their families, and their livelihoods,” Mr Hartley said.
The police have also released a list of the ten areas with the highest drink-driving numbers (since January 1). Those areas are:
- Northern beaches 759
- Tweed/Byron 753
- Coffs/Clarence 672
- Richmond 657
- Brisbane Water 546
- Newcastle city 545
- Lake Macquarie 511
- Lake Illawarra 460
- Mid-North Coast 454
- St George 431
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