Corowa po­lice praise driver be­hav­iour

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY RHYS WIL­LIAMS

Poor driv­ing be­hav­iour was on the de­cline this Christ­mas/New Year pe­riod, giv­ing Corowa po­lice hope that mo­torists are heed­ing their safety mes­sages.

Op­er­a­tion Safe Ar­rival con­cluded at 11.59pm on Jan­uary 1, fol­low­ing 13 days of high-vis­i­bil­ity polic­ing that was tar­get­ing poor driv­ing be­hav­iour.

More than 1,000 ran­dom breath tests were con­ducted in the Corowa area through­out the hol­i­day pe­riod, with Corowa po­lice sergeant Gary Lewis pleased to re­port only a sin­gle driver was caught drink-driv­ing.

“There was a large po­lice pres­ence dur­ing the hol­i­day pe­riod try­ing to en­sure driv­ers were prac­tic­ing safe driv­ing and weren’t com­mit­ting of­fences such as drink driv­ing, speed­ing, driver fa­tigue, mo­bile phone use and seat­belt of­fences,” he told The Free Press.

“One driver was caught with a low range drink driv­ing of­fense and an­other driver was found driv­ing while un­li­censed.

“Over­all we were pretty pleased with the be­hav­ior of driv­ers dur­ing the hol­i­day pe­riod.”

Dou­ble de­merit points were in place for speed­ing, seat­belt and hel­met of­fences across NSW un­til Jan­uary 2.

Ex­tra po­lice were on the roads across the state, tar­get­ing drink and drug-driv­ing, fa­tigue and mo­bile phone use.

There were 882 ma­jor crashes and 11 peo­ple died on the roads over the pe­riod of the op­er­a­tion for NSW.

Po­lice con­ducted more than 525,000 breath

tests. They also recorded 11,722 speed in­fringe­ments and 721 PCA (drink driv­ing) charges, which was a de­crease over­all from last year.

Sergeant Lewis said that while Op­er­a­tion Safe Ar­rival has con­cluded, that doesn’t mean of­fi­cers will be tak­ing it easy.

“Driver be­hav­iour has been pretty good up to this point but with the height­ened bush­fire alert sta­tus across the re­gion and things like Aus­tralia Day com­ing up, we’ll con­tinue to be on the look­out for driv­ers do­ing the wrong thing.”

NSW Po­lice will be pre­par­ing for the next ma­jor state-wide op­er­a­tion that runs over the Aus­tralia Day pe­riod, called Op­er­a­tion Safe Re­turn.

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