NSW police stop motorists for random breath testing.
NSW police stop motorists for random breath testing.

Less highway police on our roads

HIGHWAY Patrol police are covering more than one million kilometres less than they were 12 months ago, with nearly half of those taken from the Pacific Highway, according to recent reports.

The State Opposition has obtained figures under the Freedom of Information Act that show statewide kilometres driven by NSW Highway Patrol police fell by 1.3 million in 12 months.

Coverage from the Central Coast to the Tweed fell the most, down 424,948 kilometres between 2008 and 2009.

Shadow Police Minister Mike Gallacher told Fairfax the figures were proof Highway Patrol officers were being diverted to other duties and being pressured to keep costs down.

“As I keep hearing, there are real problems with the budget. You are not going to catch hoons if you are stationary on the side of the road,” he said.



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