Coffs Clarence Drug and Drink Driving Operation a Success

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Coffs Clarence Drug and Drink Driving Operation a Success

A three day random drug and breath testing operation targeting a reduction of road trauma caused by serious injury accidents has been a success.

Police from the Coffs Clarence Police District were assisted by officers from the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command during the operation over the weekend.

The operation targeted Bellingen on Friday, Grafton on Saturday and Coffs Harbour on Sunday.

While 959 breath test were conducted, and 321 drivers were tested for drugs, there are still concerns that driving are getting behind the wheel with drugs and alcohol in their system.

Two drivers were charged with mid-range drink driving, while 10 drivers allegedly tested positive for cannabis, and six drivers tested positive for methylamphetamines.

Coffs Clarence Police District's Road Policing spokesperson, Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said, "I am concerned that drivers, despite there being a wealth of information available, still continue to drink and drive. Our message is simple; If you drink, then don't drive".

"Whilst we wait for the lab results to be returned, I am deeply concerned that some in our community think that taking drugs and driving is acceptable", Det. Insp. Jameson said.

With roads full of people and families going about their activities, including kids sport, Police say there's a careless minority in the community that think consuming dangerous drugs, and then driving, is acceptable.

"Our message is; there will be an increase in random drug testing in the months to come, continue with a disregard to the safety of our community by taking drugs and driving, and you will eventually be caught", he said.

Detective Inspector Jameson said that the feedback Police received from drivers during the operation was very positive, as "they are supportive of police getting drugged and drunk drivers off the roads".