Police praise most drivers
POLICE on the Tablelands have praised the majority of local motorists for their efforts behind the wheel over the festive season.
Tablelands Police detected 27 drink drivers and 15 drug impaired drivers in the week before and week after Christmas.
Officer in charge of the Road Policing Unit, Sergeant John Ridgway (pictured) said “it really is a case of a few bad apples spoiling the bin”.
“Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is dangerous and can have devastating effects on the lives of those involved,” he said.
“One in five fatal traffic crashes in 2015 involved a driver under the influence of liquor or a drug.”
“Most Tablelands road users conducted themselves in an exemplary manner over the Christmas period with dry drivers, courtesy buses, taxis and designated drivers appearing to be the norm.”
Tablelands police are investigating a number of traffic crashes over the Christmas period, six of which involved moderate to serious injuries.
He said Tablelands motorists could expect to see more police on the roads in the leadup to schools returning.
Sgt Ridgway said local police would be rolling out a series of targeted operations in the coming months.
“We urge everyone to consider the Fatal Five contributing factors to road fatalities when getting behind the wheel of their vehicle,” he said.
“These include speeding, drink and drug driving, failing to wear a seatbelt, driving tired and being distracted, such as using a mobile phone while driving.”