A NSW Police operation to tackle dangerous driving in the state has resulted in officers charging 230 people for being drunk behind the wheel. Operation Drink Drive I also saw 2,500 speeding infringements handed out over the three-day initiative between February 17 and 19.
Drink driving is a common cause of motor accidents in Australia and can lead to serious injuries and deaths. The current legal limit for driving is a 0.05 blood alcohol concentration (BAC), while learners and provisional road users aren't allowed any.
Even at between 0.02 and 0.05 BAC, drivers are significantly impaired, according to DrinkWise Australia. At the 0.05 limit, accidents are twice as likely to happen as when the driver is sober.
NSW issues warning to drivers
Acting Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy admitted the number of drivers caught under the influence of alcohol was alarming.
"Despite the rain over the weekend, 230 people were still caught drink driving and 2,500 were caught speeding. That is far too many people putting their own and others' lives at risk," he stated.
"Drink driving is not only killing people behind the wheel, it is killing passengers and other innocent road-users."
According to Assistant Commissioner Corboy, 43 people died on NSW roads in 2016, and the state is already on track to exceed that number this year. He urged people to take responsibility for their behaviour – or risk the consequences.
"People seem to think that once they hit the motorway, they are home free … but I'm here to tell them – they're not. If you drink and drive you will be caught," he explained.
NSW Police conducted more than 127,250 breath tests during Operation Drink Drive. In addition to the 230 drunk-drivers that were caught, a further 5,704 infringements were issued for other offences.
Motor accident compensation
People who are involved in motor vehicle accidents in NSW where drunk drivers are involved could be eligible for injury compensation.
If you are not to blame – or only partly to blame – for the accident, you may be entitled to money that can go towards medical bills and a range of other expenses.
Would you like to know more? Please speak to an experienced injury lawyer at Gerard Malouf & Partners Compensation, Medical Negligence & Will Dispute Lawyers for no-win, no-fee representation.