In the lead up to the Christmas season, police around NSW are out in full force to remind people to drive safely and abide by the law.
Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for road traffic and long-distance travel. Many families pack up their belongings for trips away or to visit relatives.
Adding to the police force’s job is the high number of Christmas parties, barbeques, work drinks and other festive events.
While these are an enjoyable way to spend a balmy summer evening, they do see more drink drivers getting behind the wheel intoxicated.
The police are reminding motorists that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated. This is why they are cracking down on offenders before December, as part of Operation Drink Drive II.
During the campaign so far police officers have arrested a number of individuals who have been found driving in breach of the law.
Wednesday November 7 was a particularly busy evening for officers on patrol. At approximately 23:20 in the evening, police allegedly detected a car going 161km/h in a 110km/h zone on the Hume Highway.
The driver of the car – a Hyundai Excel – was a 23-year-old woman. She was issued an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit and suspended from driving in NSW for six months. She holds an ACT licence.
Earlier that evening police patrolling along Pacific Highway, Cudgera Creek, detected another driver excessively speeding – this time at 168km/h.
Upon pulling the driver over, officers discovered that she was an 18-year-old woman who did not hold a licence.
They also realised that the woman was driving under the influence of cannabis, and in position of eight white pills.
This incident occurred at approximately 20:45 in the evening. The woman was subsequently taken to the Tweed/Byron police station and issued with a number of infringement notices and charges.
Operations commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol command superintendent Stuart Smith said that he was disappointed that people were driving irresponsibly.
He warned people that actions like this put every road user at risk. He hopes that this type of behaviour will not continue during the festive season.
“Any one of these acts of stupidity could have resulted in the deaths of the drivers or innocent people,” superintendent Smith said.
“This comes at a time when we are into day one of Operation Drink Drive II, which is our first major operation pre-Christmas.”
Victims of another driver’s negligence may like to know that they could be eligible for car accident compensation.