Trucks blitzed near Tumut, Tumbarumba in police crackdown

One man has been charged, dozens of defect notices handed out and more than 20 traffic infringements cited in another police crackdown on trucks between Tumbarumba and Tumut.

More than 90 vehicles were stopped on Tuesday as Operation Orion, targeting heavy vehicles and crime pathways in the south of the state, went up a higher gear.

From 7am Tumut police officers, highway patrol personnel, the NSW Police dog squad, Riverina Police District’s target action group and inspectors from the NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) blitzed Batlow Road and surrounding towns.

With the aim of ensuring vehicle safety compliance and reducing local road trauma, police stopped a total of 91 vehicles along the road and in Tumbarumba, Batlow, Tumut and Adelong.

It’s the second blitz in the area in a week, with police targeting short-haul logging trucks along the route on last Tuesday.

A 20-year-old man has been charged with breaching a good behaviour bond and will appear at Tumut Local Court on Wednesday after being refused bail.

Three people are subject to secondary testing after 48 random drug tests were carried out. A total of 101 random breath tests were also conducted.

One vehicle and trailer alone was slapped with 11 individual defect notices out of the 33 handed out during the operation, while 22 traffic infringement notices were handed out across the operation.

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