ALCOHOL and drug impaired drivers were the target of police over the weekend, as highway patrol and general duties police joined forces for Operation Drink Drive II.
The operation, which was held across the state, aimed to drive down road trauma by targeting dangerous driver behaviour namely drink/drug driving, fatigue, occupant restraints and speeding, all of which are causal factors in serious and fatal road crashes.
Senior Sergeant Colin Sheil, from Traffic and Highway Patrol said over the three days, 5927 drivers were stopped for a random breath test across the Central West.
Of those stopped by police 16 people were charged with drink driving offences with one driver returning a positive drug test.
There were a further 15 traffic charges (eg disqualified drivers), five criminal charges (including drug offences, warrants and breech), 143 speeding offences and one infringement notice for failing to be properly restrained.
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A further 41 other tickets were also issued.
Senior Sergeant Sheil, said given the level of police saturation in the area, it was not surprising the number of offences detected increased.
Still he said the figures were worrying, but the message they deliver are drivers who are doing the wrong thing will be caught.
"Everyone has an excuse when they get stopped, people would say to us 'I knew I'd get pulled over.'"
He said his message was clear.
"This operation was an enhancement of what we do every single day.
"People need to take heed of the figures if you're doing the wrong thing you're going to get caught."
Drink Drive II is the last statewide operation leading into the busiest period on our roads, school holidays and the Christmas period.
"It's the start of the hot season, people are drinking.
"I'm reminding people we are out here everyday."
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said there was no excuse to drink and drive.