Rain blamed for drink driving increase

POLICE are disappointed with the number of drink drivers busted on our roads over the Queen's Birthday long weekend.

NSW Police cluster supervisor for Richmond and Tweed Richard Baxter said during Operation Stay Alert 20 people were charged with drink driving.

"We're very disappointed with the amount of drink drivers," he said.

"20 people were arrested for drink driving and 26 other driving related charges."

Senior Sergeant Baxter said the weather could have contributed to more drink drivers because they were less likely to walk home.

Despite too many drunken people on the roads, police were impressed with driver behaviour.

"There were no major accidents, no fatalities despite four days of continued bad weather," Sen Sgt Baxter said.

"I spent most of my time on the freeway and everyone seemed to be doing the right thing."

Statistics were down compared to the last two years, likely due to wet weather.

Sen Sgt Baxter said motorists' driving to the wet condition was a welcomed sight.

The next major road operation will be held to coincide with popular festival Splendour in the Grass, which is held the last weekend of July.


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