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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Hunter motorists continue to ignore police warnings

Lake Macquarie Police District (LMPD) cautioned motorists not to be “silly over the Christmas-New Year period”.

But, it appears, that pre-festive warning failed to reach everyone.

Earlier this month, more than a dozen drivers were arrested during a LMPD blitz on Tuesday 15 December.

The random drug/breath testing and traffic enforcement operation, conducted by local officers and the command’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Division, saw 16 people charged on that occasion.

Surprisingly, 14 of them registered positive readings to driving with illicit substances in their systems.

Now, nine days later, a further 21 have fallen foul of the law.

On Christmas Eve (Thursday 24 December), LMPD and the Traffic and Highway Patrol Division organised another campaign to catch those behind the wheel of doing the wrong thing.

Of that total number, 13 tested positive to drug-driving, while three were charged with driving with a prescribed concentration of alcohol [in their system].

The remaining five were arrested for a variety of offences, including driving while unlicensed, suspended and disqualified, or having outstanding arrest warrants and prohibited weapons in their possession.

“It’s terribly disappointing,” a LMPD spokesperson said.

“Especially when there are so many messages out there, through the media, television, radio and Facebook, for example.

“However, we will continue to run these operations during the holiday period in an attempt to ensure that our locals and visitors alike remain safe.

“This is our commitment to you.”

Double demerit points also remain in force from now until 11.59pm on Sunday 3 January.

NSW Police officers will target speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences, as well as other high-risk driver behaviour, including the Four Ds; drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving.