The New South Wales police force went all out over the weekend to limit the amount of car accident injuries caused by drink drivers, deploying a three-day operation to seek out anyone who gets behind the wheel after having too much.
All over the state, police officers taking part in Operation Drink Drive 2 performed more than 150,000 breath tests, which resulted in 197 people being charged with driving while intoxicated. By the end of the weekend, the police officers had plenty of disturbing stories to tell, which only showed that drink driving is all too real a problem in NSW.
In one instance, a driver was pulled over for going nearly 90 kph in a 60 kph zone. The breath test showed his blood alcohol level was at 0.183. When another officer pulled a 35-year-old man over for swerving across several lanes of Princes Highway, his breath test showed a reading of 0.211. This resulted in a "high-range" drink driving charge.
Yet another driver, a P-plater, had his licence suspended for driving 103 kph in a 50 kph zone.
Drink driving-related car accident injuries a growing concern
Operation Drink Driving 2 sought to lower the amount of car accident injuries that are caused by irresponsible drivers. So far in 2013 there have been 279 serious crashes in NSW, which led to the deaths of 295 people.
In October alone, 40 people were killed in car crashes, marking the deadliest month for NSW motorists so far this year. About 25 per cent of these accidents occurred over the Labour Day holiday.
"With these sad statistics in mind, we are more determined than ever to reduce the incidence of road trauma in NSW, and targeting drink driving is an integral part of our road-safety strategy," said Stuart Smith, Operations Drink Drive 2 Commander.
"Drink driving can result in far more than a criminal record and suspended licence; it can lead to critical injuries and loss of life – and having always to wear that on your conscience."
The NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command has already conducted two similar operations, which took place in 2012 and earlier in 2013. Together, the first two campaigns led to 952 drink-driving charges and 14,856 traffic infringement notices.
Those who have been injured in a crash related to irresponsible or drink driving may want to get in touch was car accident lawyers who can help victims collect compensation for their suffering, loss of wages and other expenses.