A 72-hour statewide police blitz on drink driving got underway at midnight.
A 72-hour statewide police blitz on drink driving got underway at midnight.

Drink drivers will get caught out

DRINK drivers have been put on notice, run the gauntlet over the next two days and the odds of not getting caught are firmly stacked in the favour of police.

A 72-hour police blitz on drink driving is under way in what the force’s top brass says will even have the back roads covered.

Coffs Clarence Traffic Duty Officer, Acting Inspector Dave Vandergriend says a strong focus of local officers this year is reducing the alcohol risk on the road.

Highway patrol officers under his command have caught so many alcohol affected motorists that Coffs Harbour holds the worst rate of drink drivers in NSW.

“It’s a statistic we as highway patrol officers can be proud of, it shows we are doing our job but really it highlights the problem that the message just isn’t sinking in,” Inspector Vandergriend said.

Last month police caught another 61 drink drivers on the Coffs Coast.

It followed a year of shame in 2009 where Coffs Harbour had the largest number of driver deaths for any centre between Sydney and the Queensland border. One in five of these accident were caused by drivers with alcohol in their system.

Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said already 3719 people have been charged with drink driving in NSW this year.

“The message from us is simple... if you do get behind the wheel after a few drinks, you will be caught,” he said.

Last year’s Operation Drink Drive campaign netted 489 drink drivers. By Sunday it will be known whether more have been caught this year.



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