Weekend operation targets poor driving behaviour

BIG BLOW: Senior Constables Geoff McKenzie, left, and Michael Harrison, from Queanbeyan Traffic and Highway Patrol. Photo: Phil Mayne
BIG BLOW: Senior Constables Geoff McKenzie, left, and Michael Harrison, from Queanbeyan Traffic and Highway Patrol. Photo: Phil Mayne

Monaro Police District officers remain concerned by how many people drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Road safety enforcement campaign Operation Chrome, conducted across much of the state over the weekend, targeted poor driving behaviours including speeding, drink and drug driving, not wearing seatbelts, using mobile phones behind the wheel, and fatigue.

Sergeant Dominic Goodyer from Queanbeyan Traffic and Highway Patrol said while figures were generally down from previous campaigns, police were still concerned some people continued to drink and drive.

"Despite the many ads in all forms of media highlighting the dangers of drink driving, people still flout the law," Sergeant Goodyer said.

"The common attitude is that it's okay to have a few extra drinks, but these people don't consider the risk they present to other drivers.

"In winter we have large tidal flows of traffic to and from the snow, so it's disappointing to have people over the limit interacting with other drivers."

Over the campaign's two days, Monaro police conducted 1371 random breath tests and charged 10 people with drink driving. They also conducted 25 roadside drug tests, with two people returning a positive indication.

Operation Chrome coincided with Rural Road Safety Month in NSW, an initiative of the NSW Government's Centre for Road Safety and the Australian Road Safety Foundation.

Launching the campaign, Monaro MP Deputy Premier John Barilaro said road safety was everyone's responsibility.

"Too often people think it is okay for them to quickly check a text or to drive faster than the speed limit because they know the road," he said.

"We all have a part to play when we get behind the wheel."

This story Police still concerned at drivers ignoring dangers of drink driving first appeared on Braidwood Times.

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