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Over 2300 roadside tests conducted as police continue crackdown on dangerous drivers – Sydney & Eastern Suburbs

May 30, 2015

Traffic and Highway Patrol officers have conducted over 2300 random alcohol and drug tests across Rose Bay, Pyrmont, and Sydney’s eastern suburbs, as police continue their crackdown on dangerous driving overnight.

Operation Lockdown and Operation Blackjack 2 were conducted yesterday (Friday 29 May 2015), with the former targeting the Eastern Suburbs and Rose Bay, and the latter concentrating on the Pyrmont area.

The operations resulted in 23 drivers being caught for drink driving, nine arrested for drug driving, 24 defect notices, and 158 infringement notices issued.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Assistant Commissioner, John Hartley, said the two operations show drivers continue to disregard the road rules, and the safety of other road users.

"Over the last week alone, we have had six people lose their lives on our roads," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

"These have included motorcyclists, pedestrians, learner drivers and experienced drivers.

"The message clearly isn’t getting through to some road users.

"I make no apology for fining and charging those who choose to break road rules, owning a driver’s licence is a privilege and the tough penalties will continue to be enforced," he said.

So far, 139 people have lost their lives on NSW road this year, which is five more than at the same time last year.