Despite a two day-blitz on regional roads, officers from Operation Chrome 2 still caught a number of people drink-driving, speeding and committing other driving offences in regional areas.
Police from throughout the Southern Region targeted regional road users during a two day traffic operation over the weekend.
Operation Chrome 2 started at midnight on November 25 and ended at midnight on November 26.
Officers from Local Area Commands, with assistance from the Traffic and Highway Patrol were out in force, targeting road users on regional roads.
During the operation, officers conducted 4,700 random breath tests, with 31 drivers charged with drink driving; and issued 186 traffic infringements for speeding and other offences.
Commander of Cootamundra Local Area Command, Acting Superintendent Spliet said that the despite the increased police presence, there were still too many drivers caught putting themselves and others at risk.
“The operation was conducted because of the increased death toll on the roads.
“It is disappointing to see that despite all of the warnings and with the increased number of police on the roads, there were still drivers taking unnecessary risks.
“Operation Chrome will continue over the following months, with an increased presence on rural roads from now, right throughout the holiday period and our officers will not hesitate in arresting or fining those who can’t obey the law.
“There is simply no excuse for drink-driving, or speeding or any other action that puts yourself and others at risk on our roads. If you think because you are on a back country road you will be able to get away with breaking the law, think again.
“All we want is for people to arrive home safely to their families,” Acting Superintendent Spliet said.
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