Traffic police shocked that drink drivers have kids in cars
WHILE targeted offences were down compared to 2013 in the first two days of Operation Drink Drive 2, police have been left shocked and concerned by the irresponsible behaviour of some motorists.
Four people were caught drink-driving with young children in their vehicles on the first day of the operation alone.
In the first 24 hours officers conducted 69,942 breath tests with 20 people charged with PCA (drink-driving).
They issued 619 infringement notices for speeding offences and a further 1,760 infringements for other offences including licence and registration issues.
There were 89 major crashes with one fatality reported at Donnellyville south of Macksville where a 65-year-old Nambucca Heads man died when his Ford Falcon left the Pacific Highway and came to a stop in scrub.
The man did not have any visible signs of injury and a post mortem examination will be conducted to determine the cause of his death.
Thirty people were also injured on the first day.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said while statistics were down for most traffic offences it was shocking to see innocent lives put at risk by the actions of drunk-drivers.
"We conducted 20,000 more breath tests during the first day of Operation Drink Drive 2 this year with 20 people caught drink-driving compared to 81 for the same time last year," he said.
"I am encouraged by these results but was shocked to hear four motorists were found drink-driving with young children in their cars.
"This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and puts the lives of those children and other road users at risk.
"By getting these people off the road we may well have just saved the lives of these four drivers and eight innocent children."