Nearly 6500 random breath tests and 345 infringements have been issued so far during the Riverina police’s crackdown on traffic offences during the summer holidays.
The annual Operation Safe Arrival began on December 21 and will finish on January 2.
At a roadside operation on the Sturt Highway at Bolton Park today, Wagga police Inspector Adrian Telfer said police would continue to be out in force across the region as the new year approaches.
The effort will involve detect drink and drug driving, as well as other illegal driving activities.
“We’re trying to have the public arrive at their destinations safely,” he said.
“Police realises that this is a busy time of the year on our roads...that’s why you see us ramp up our enforcement.
“In a couple of days, we’ve issued more than 60 infringements in the Riverina so that number’s too high.
“It’s disappointing, we’re trying to get that message out there.
“The State Government gets that message out there; unfortunately, 60 people in a couple of days didn’t hear that message.”
The urge for motorists to follow the rules increases following the death of a 19-year-old woman from a single-vehicle crash in Galore on December 24.
The cause of that crash continues to be investigated.
“You’ll also police out in the smaller towns over the next few days,” Inspector Telfer said.
“So it’s not just Wagga, it’s out in the small communities as well.
“You’re going to see a lot of highway patrol in those back roads.
“Regrettably that’s where we see a lot of our major accidents so that’s where you’ll see police as well.”
The operation runs statewide and double demerits apply for speeding, seat-belt, mobile phone and motorcycle-helmet offences.
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