Police report 'highly concerning' number of traffic infringements in shire

Operation Interceptor: The focus of the Sutherland Police Area Command Operation was on Alcohol-related offences following on from several recent high profile PCA crashes.
Operation Interceptor: The focus of the Sutherland Police Area Command Operation was on Alcohol-related offences following on from several recent high profile PCA crashes.

A major random breath testing operation in Sutherland Shire last weekend saw multiple bookings for offences ranging from drink-driving to drug possession and stolen goods in custody.

Police issued more than 300 traffic infringements on Saturday for offences including speeding, driving while unlicensed, not wearing a seat-belt and driving a defective vehicle.

"This number of offences are highly unusual and concerning given the current road toll, Inspector Phil Woods of the Highway Patrol said. "It is highly concerning."

Called Operation Interceptor, the breath and drug testing operation was conducted by the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command supported by officers of the Sutherland Police Area Command.

The operation was conducted simultaneously in the Sutherland and Eastern Suburbs Police Area Commands.

The focus of the Sutherland PAC Operation was on Alcohol-related offences following on from several recent high profile PCA crashes.

Overall, the operation involved 79 Highway Patrol Officers, 12 General Duty Police, 30 Highway Patrol vehicles, six testing buses and one caged truck.

On Friday April 12, between 3.30pm and 3.30am police were strategically deployed in pre-determined tasked areas throughout the Sutherland PAC, particularly at the Kingsway at Miranda and Cronulla.

During this period they conducted 1950 Random Breath Tests, with 37 drink driving detections, seven positive random drug testings and issuing 131 infringement notices.

One driver was suspended and charged with possessing a prohibited drug.

And one Provisional licence holder was detected driving at 155kph in an 80kph zone.

On Saturday in Sutherland Shire, as well as the 300 traffic infringements, police recorded 38 drink driving offences and five positive drug tests.

The full weekend's for both the Sutherland Shire and Eastern Suburbs Police Area Commends included a total of 6,655 Random Breath Tests, 225 Random Drug Testing, 82 PCA offences, 22 positive drug tests and 568 Infringement notices

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