Illawarra Newsroom

Southern region drivers the worst following road blitz


With the festive season just around the corner Police have been left disappointed by driver behaviour following a state wide two-day traffic blitz.

More than 17,000 breath tests were conducted with 270 charges laid and almost 700 tickets written across the state.

The Southern Region recorded the most offences.

137 charges were laid for various driving offences across the region including more than 40 in Lake Illawarra and Wollongong.

Police were shocked by the amount of people who continue to get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Assistant Police Commissioner Max Mitchell APM said Operation Chrome continues to strengthen Police visibility and road safety awareness in regional NSW.

"People continue to not listen to our warnings and get behind the wheel when affected by alcohol and drugs.

"We will not hesitate to stop a vehicle if we think the driver’s behaviour puts everyone in the vehicle at risk, as well as others nearby.

"Police will target those roads that lead to the major arterial routes across the state - the focus on rural roads will not end because Operation Chrome has.

"We are making state-wide preparations to be on the road in numbers heading into the festive season," he said.

Image: Wollongong Police District