Mike Stevens | Nov 3, 2010

New South Wales police are launching a 72-hour blitz on drink-driving this week, with Operation Drink Drive II kicking off at 12:01am tomorrow.

Traffic Services Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said motorists can expect an increased police presence on major roadways and back streets.

“We’ll be out in force to catch those motorists who endanger the lives of others by getting behind the wheel drunk,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“Police will not only be targeting major freeways, highways and motorways but back streets as well – so if you drink and drive, there’s the very real chance you’ll be caught.”

Two people died in separate crashes during the three-day blitz last year.

In that operation, police conducted 126,408 random breath tests and charged 469 people with drink-driving, and 2517 with speeding. They also issued infringement notices for 5087 other traffic offences.

“The effect of alcohol on one’s ability to drive safely is well documented but everyday we are still catching motorists who put themselves and others at risk by drinking and driving.

“We aim, through this high-visibility operation, to reduce the incidence of drink-driving and associated crashes,” Mr Hartley said.

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