Police alarmed at increase in drink-drivers on roads

Police have said they are alarmed at the increase of drink-drivers detected on the state's roads over the holiday period.

In the north-west police conducted over 73,000 breath tests in the north-west during the Christmas holidays.

From that 70 people were charged with drink-driving and issued 1442 speeding offences and 158 seatbelt offences.

Across the state 17 people were killed on the roads including a 27-year-old man on Richmond Road, Marsden Park who was killed in a two vehicle crash.

Commander of Traffic Services assistant commissioner John Hartley said most offences were down from last year.

“Sadly more than one person a day was killed on NSW’s roads during this holiday period and while the 17 deaths was two lower than compared to last year this is still far too many,'' assistant commissioner Hartley said.

“A review of all the crashes has shown that most were as a result of drivers disobeying the law or making a mistake which has proved fatal.''

Police conducted 527,174 breath tests across the state - up 16,134 compared to last year.

Of this police charged 992 people for drink driving (up 98).

Police issued 15,452 traffic infringement notices and 11,903 speeding tickets.

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