Few joys on roads in
Figures from a road safety operation conducted by police over the Christmas-New Year holiday period have been released.
12 days of Christmas
Chief Executive of the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA), Jon White said Operation Crossroads was held in both Australia and New Zealand across all jurisdictions.
The ANZPAA is the agency that serves Police Commissioners in Australia and New Zealand.
Mr White said over the 12-day period the operation ran in Australia, more than one million road users were tested for alcohol and nearly 5,500 drivers were screened for drugs.
He said of those tested, 3,600 were charged with drink driving offences and 290 drivers tested positive for drugs.
“It is very disappointing to see the high number of people identified for drug-driving offences,” Mr White said.
“Each intoxicated and drug-affected road user could potentially represent a road crash that may result in death or injury.
“A crash caused while impaired at the wheel can have a long lasting impact.
“This behaviour simply needs to stop.”
Other figures released showed that from 23 December to 3 January police across Australia also identified 5,704 licence offences; issued 70,998 traffic infringement notices; impounded 822 vehicles; and issued 54,355 tickets to drivers for speeding offences.
Edition 346, 29 January 2013