ACT Policing will collaborate with NSW Police members from Yass in a cross- border “lockdown” for Operation RAID (Remove All Impaired Drivers) this week.
Police will have highly-visible operations targeting drug and alcohol-impaired drivers from Monday, November 28 to Sunday, December 11. These enforcement activities are timed to coincide with the start of the festive season, which traditionally brings an increase in the consumption of alcohol and drugs.
Last year the operation ran for 17 days, from Friday, November 26, to Sunday, December 12. During this time 9456 breath-tests were conducted in the ACT with 72 drivers returning positive results and 283 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) being issued.
ACT Policing, in a joint operation with NSW Police, will be conducting a cross-border “lockdown”, stopping all vehicles coming into and out of the ACT. Last year more than 678 motorists were breath-tested in a four-hour lockdown, with three returning positive results.
Superintendent of Traffic Operations, Kylie Flower, is encouraging all road users who are intending to consume alcohol to plan ahead and make alternative transport arrangements to get them home safely.
“We don’t want you to become a statistic this Christmas. If you are celebrating this festive season, please nominate a designated driver or take public transport home,” she said.
“ACT Policing and NSW Police will be out targeting all motorists. This operation is specifically aimed at removing as many drink and drug-affected drivers as possible from our roads,” Superintendent Flower said.
ACT Policing, NSW Police and Victoria Police are participating in Operation RAID this year.
[Courtesy ACT Policing]