More than 550 drink and drug drivers were caught over the five days of Operation Nexus as police statewide urged travellers to stay safe over the Easter long weekend.
Disappointingly, a further 4119 motorists were also nabbed speeding and 352 people were detected using their mobile phones.
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said he was disappointed motorists still chose to do the wrong thing and risk not only their own lives, but the lives of others.
‘‘With a strong police presence out on the roads over the long weekend, our police officers detected over 9570 traffic offences,’’ Asst Comm Fryer said.
‘‘Three-hundred-and-twenty-seven drink drivers and 230 drug offences were also detected. With over 227822 preliminary breath tests and 2336 drug tests conducted, the strike rate of detection was 1:697 and 1:10 motorists respectively.
‘‘Sadly, a motorcycle rider died on our roads on Saturday afternoon in Marysville after his motorcycle and a car collided just before 3pm.
‘‘While three people lost their lives over last year’s Easter weekend, we find no respite in hearing about the death of this rider’s life as we aim for zero.’’
Other offences detected over the weekend include:
●198 disqualified/suspended drivers;
●414 unlicensed drivers;
●973 unregistered vehicles;
●4119 speeding offences;
●352 mobile phone offences;
●723 disobey signs/signals;
●70 vehicle impounds; and
●324 seat belt offences.
Operation Nexus ran from 12.01am on Thursday, March 29 until 11.59pm on Monday, April 2.