Operation RAID (Remove All Impaired Drivers), in which ACT Policing Traffic Operations and NSW Police are combining their efforts in a crackdown on alcohol and drug-impaired drivers, swung into action last night (Thursday, December 1) with more than 1800 motorists tested on the Barton Highway near Hall.
Over four hours from 4pm yesterday, police from both jurisdictions pooled their resources to “lock down” the highway and breath-test as many drivers as possible on the NSW-ACT border, with ACT Policing members focusing on the northbound traffic, and the Yass District NSW Highway Patrol checking the southbound traffic.
The combined results were:
1868 drivers tested;
1 positive breath-test for alcohol;
19 Traffic infringement Notices (TINs) issued;
13 defect notices issued (including on two heavy, articulated trucks);
3 unlicensed drivers detected;
1 disqualified driver detected;
2 suspended drivers detected (one summons issued).
This was a more intensive RAID “lockdown” than had previously been conducted, tripling the number of tests over last year’s activity.
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ACT Policing, NSW Police and Victoria Police are participating in Operation RAID this year. Operation RAID will continue until Sunday, December 11.