26 September 2023

Police report high numbers for drug driving

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NSW Police charged more than 100 people with drug-driving offences last weekend following a two-day traffic operation across Sydney.

Operation Fume ran on Friday (20 May) and the following Saturday, targeting drug and alcohol driving offences and general road compliance across multiple commands.

The high-visibility operation involved officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s South and Southwest sectors, supported by general duties officers from local commands.

“During the operation, police conducted 743 roadside drug tests, resulting in 101 positive drug tests,” a statement said.

“Police also conducted 2,938 random breath tests, which resulted in 41 people being charged with PCA offences.”

Traffic and Highway Patrol South Commander, Superintendent Joseph Thone, said it was disappointing to see how many people were still making the decision to drink or take drugs then drive.

“Those people are not only endangering themselves, but the lives all of the other road users,” Supt Thone said.

“We will be conducting further high-visibility operations like this throughout the year, so drivers can expect to be stopped and caught if they are doing the wrong thing.”

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