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Police issue warning: Drink drive operation under way

DRINK drivers beware, the police are out in force in the next three days and will catch you.

An increased number of police will be patrolling the roads as part of Operation Drink Drive II.

Tweed/Byron Local Area Command Inspector Greg Jago said he had no idea why anyone drank and drove but said officers would catch them.

"Anywhere, anytime," he said.

"During this time police will be conducting random breath testing as part of the annual operation.

"Police will also be looking at other things such as proper restraints, seatbelts and speeding."

Police said they were disappointed with the response in the lead up to the operation.

About 8.45pm Wednesday, an 18-year-old unlicensed woman was detected travelling at 168km on the Pacific Hwy, Cudgera Creek.

When stopped the woman admitted she was stoned after smoking cannabis. She was also found to be in possession of eight white tablets.

"She was taken to Tweed/Byron Police Station where she was charged with never held licensed person drive vehicle on road, exceed speed over 45km, drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, and possess prescribed restricted substance," a police spokesperson said.

She was granted conditional bail to not occupy the driver's seat of any vehicle.

Operation 'Drink Drive II' 2012 began today and will finish on Saturday night.

NSW Police Force's Traffic and Highway Patrol Operations Commander Superintendent Stuart Smith said Drink Drive II was all about getting rogue drivers off the roads and improving road safety for the vast majority of law-abiding motorists.

"Over the course of the next three days, you can expect to see police out in force, doing everything we can to get dangerous drivers off the road," Superintendent Smith said.

"We want to make NSW roadways as safe as possible and will conduct thousands of random breath tests, numerous speed enforcement operations and thorough vehicle checks over the coming days to catch those who put lives at risk through their reckless road behaviour."

During last year's (2011) Drink Drive II operation, police conducted 79,871 breath tests and laid 146 PCA (drink-driving) charges.

A total of 2099 traffic infringement notices (not speed) were issued while 705 infringement notices were issued for speeding offences.



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