Message getting through
Monday, 28th February, 2011
Police thank responsible drivers
Broken Hill Police have commended locals after nabbing just two drink-drivers at the conclusion of a three-day blitz.
Police tested more than 2200 drivers in the Command-wide operation, which began at 12.01am Thursday and ended at 11.59pm on Saturday, catching just two people driving under the influence of alcohol.
Sergeant Dave Gallagher from the Barrier Local Area Command said drivers acted responsibly.
"Police are extremely happy with the results."
Operation DD1 was conducted throughout the Barrier Local Area Command including in the Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Menindee and Dareton areas and saw 2265 drivers randomly pulled over.
"That's a lot of people to be stopped," Sgt Gallagher said.
"I commend the Broken Hill community for their assistance in this program and look forward to the next major operation we have and hopefully we'll have a zero detection where no-one's caught drink driving."
Both stationery and mobile RBTs were used.
Sgt Gallagher said people were realising that drink driving was a crime and would not be tolerated in the community.
"The message is getting out that if you plan to drink plan not to drive."
He said efforts by the local liquor accord were helping people make better choices.
"Use the designated driver scheme which is in most hotels in the Barrier Liquor Accord," he said.
"That simply means plan someone not to drink that day and you'll arrive home safely without getting a free ride to a police station."
He also reminded the public about the ease of which city drivers can get home in a cab.
"It takes only 10 minutes to get from one end of Broken Hill to the other," he said.
"A cab doesn't cost that much when you consider you can lose your licences, lose your life or take someone else's."
Sgt Gallagher also warned those people who continued to drink-drive would be caught.
He said the end of the operation did not mean the end of police vigilance on the crime.
"You can't get away all the time, you will be caught," he said.
"We're always out. Every day is a testing day in Broken Hill."