NSW road safety blitz nabs over 90 motorists under the influence

Police have warned motorists not to drink and drive as the holiday season looms. Photo: Greg TotmanMore than 90 motorists have been caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs on Friday and Saturday nights, prompting police to urge road users to “imagine the guilt” they’ll have to live with if they kill someone on the road this Christmas.
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NSW Police Assistant Commissioner John Hartley on Sunday announced the results of a major random breath testing and drug testing operation in Sydney’s west at the weekend, saying motorists continued to put their own lives and the lives of others at risk.

“By taking the wheel when you’re under the influence of drugs and alcohol, you’re not only putting your life in immediate danger,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said. “You could kill an innocent road user.”

Operation Nabbed M4 targeted motorists between 10pm and 3am on Friday and Saturday, conducting 15,432 breath tests and 65 drug tests on every westbound M4 off-ramp between Glenbrook and Strathfield. The Great Western Highway at Glenbrook was also targeted.

During the blitz, 69 people were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and a further 25 motorists returned a positive detection for illicit drugs.

In the same operation this time last year, only 54 motorists were caught under the influence of alcohol.

The latest figures show an increase of almost 30 per cent compared with last year.

More than 570 non-drink-driving and traffic-related charges were also issued during the operation, along with 45 miscellaneous charges.

Police will be out in force on the state’s roads this holiday season as another major random testing operation is launched on Thursday in preparation for Christmas.

Assistant Commissioner Hartley said the message was simple: “If you are affected by drugs or alcohol, do not take control of a vehicle.

“Imagine the grief and heartbreak your family would endure this Christmas if you’re killed on the road. Imagine the guilt you’ll endure for the rest of your life if your selfish, reckless and shameful decision to drive while intoxicated results in someone else’s life being cut short.”

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