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We've got you in our sights

Friday, 25th February, 2011

BLITZ ON DRINK DRIVING: Senior Constable Phil Higgins is ready for the new police operation to catch drunks on the road/ BLITZ ON DRINK DRIVING: Senior Constable Phil Higgins is ready for the new police operation to catch drunks on the road/

A new state-wide police operation has drink-drivers in its sights.

Operation DD1 (drink-driving one) started at 12.01am Thursday and will end 11.59pm tomorrow.

Barrier Local Area Commander, Superintendent Brad Hodder, said it was targeted at drink driving but also included other offences such as speeding, seat belt and using a mobile phone while driving.

"Recently there's been some persons charged with drink driving of a very high level which is disappointing from my perspective," the Supt. Hodder said.

"Police will be out there and you will be caught if you are drink driving."

Operation DD1 will involved both stationery breath testing and mobile breath testing.

"If you are drink driving it is only a matter of time until you are caught."

A new advertisement being run to coincide with the operation reveals police arrested 17 drink drivers in the city between October and December last year.

Supt. Hodder urged the public to seriously consider the consequences of drinking and getting behind the wheel.

"Think about the ramifications of, one: losing your licence, two: losing your job, because a lot of jobs require you to have your licence, and three: the social implications if you have an accident and kill somebody," he said.

"The cost to the community if a person is injured or killed, the family and friends grieving over someone.

"The community has to start seeing drink driving as a crime and one we take very seriously.

"In a small community everybody knows somebody and the impact of drink driving is significant.

"You may have a network of friends and after a drink driving incident, especially if you've caused someone an injury or a death within the community you might find your network of friends has gone and you have no-one.

"It's a grief that's sometimes too much to bear."

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