Talks will this month be­gin on mak­ing the Broome to Sin­ga­pore trial flights per­ma­nent.

Broome Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Jakeb Wad­dell

More driv­ers tested pos­i­tive for drugs than for drink-driv­ing dur­ing a 16-day po­lice sting in Broome.

The op­er­a­tion, co­de­named Wisteria, in­volved ad­di­tional traf­fic of­fi­cers en­listed from other parts of WA and lo­cal po­lice. The crack­down was on mo­torists driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and drugs.

Sta­tis­tics pro­vided by WA po­lice show that 21 out of 375 driv­ers re­turned pos­i­tive read­ings to sec­ondary drug tests be­tween May 2 and May 18.

Of the 1172 ve­hi­cles stopped for ran­dom breath tests, only six ex­ceeded the le­gal blood al­co­hol limit. Of­fi­cers also pros­e­cuted 154 mo­torists for speed­ing, five for not wear­ing a seat­belt or other re­straint, and one for us­ing a mo­bile phone.

Nineteen in­fringe­ments were is­sued for un­li­censed ve­hi­cles and eight for no author­ity to drive.

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