Survive the drive: Operation Drink Drive underway as highway patrol police warn drivers not to take risks

EXTRA police have been rostered on for this weekend’s blitz on drink driving as officers pull out all the stops to drive down the road toll.

Police: Highway officers set-up a roadside RBT site on Armidale Road in Tamworth to launch the three-day Operation Drink Drive blitz but this driver copped a fine and defect notice for a faulty trailer.

Police: Highway officers set-up a roadside RBT site on Armidale Road in Tamworth to launch the three-day Operation Drink Drive blitz but this driver copped a fine and defect notice for a faulty trailer.

Operation Drink Drive kicked off on Friday morning and runs until midnight on Sunday with officers expected to randomly breath test more than a thousand drivers in the New England North West.

And, drug drivers are also in their sights with lick-stick tests also part of the warning from police for drivers.

Highway patrol officers in Tamworth kick-started the operation a day early, setting up a random roadside testing site on Armidale Road.

Sergeant Michael Buko said any death on the road was one too many.

He said police were aiming to ensure the high-visibility blitz would deter drivers from running the gauntlet and getting behind the wheel after drinking. 

“Drivers are still taking risks which is unacceptable and putting other people’s lives in danger,” Sergeant Buko said.

“People should organise another way home if they plan to consume alcohol or they will be in the police’s sights.

Drivers are still taking risks which is unacceptable and putting other people’s lives in danger.

Sergeant Michael Buko

“Motorists are urged to drive to the conditions and always obey the road rules.

“Do the right thing.”

Hundreds of motorists have already been breath-tested by police on day one of the blitz with one driver copped a fine and a defect notice for a faulty trailer in Tamworth.

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