Tweed police will focus on drink drivers this weekend.
Tweed police will focus on drink drivers this weekend.

Drink-drivers on alert as police blitz through Tweed

TWEED police are frustrated the region has maintained one of the highest levels of drink-driving arrests in NSW for nearly a decade.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Senior Constable Troy Cutler hopes statewide Operation Drink Drive 1, which began at 12.01am Thursday, will remind Tweed drivers why driving drunk is just not worth the risk.

"The reason why we have such a high arrest rate could be down to many factors, including how close we are to the border and the travel distance between Tweed Heads and southern towns like Pottsville," he speculated.

"Either way, we will be out in force to stop those who drive intoxicated."

Sen Con Cutler, a patrol veteran of 10 years, said drink-drivers ran the significant risk of injuring or killing themselves.

"If you drink drive in Tweed it's only a matter of time before you are caught, so think before you have that second drink.

"Use other methods to get home such as taxis, buses, designated drivers or courtesy buses - many of the clubs offer the service, so use it."

The Operation Drink Drive 1 blitz will run until 11.59pm on Saturday and officers will conduct mobile and stationary random breath testing, random drug testing and general traffic enforcement duties.



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