10 caught drink driving over Easter long weekend, five test positive for drugs, two caught speeding

Despite numerous warnings from police 10 drivers in the Griffith area got behind the wheel after drinking at the long weekend, with five more testing positive for drugs and two caught speeding past homes over what was a dangerous weekend on the state’s roads that claimed three lives.

The figures come as Griffith police wind down their Easter weekend blitz, Operation Tortoise, in which more than 6000 random breath tests were conducted across the local area command.

The operation got off to a bad start on Thursday night after patrol officers caught two 19-year-old men driving well over the speed limit in residential areas.

The first of these P-plate drivers was caught driving more than 30 kilometres over the speed limit in Cutler Avenue while the second was more than 45 kilometres over the limit on Coolah Street.

Both drivers had their licenses suspended immediately.

Six drivers were caught driving under the influence of alcohol in Griffith with drivers also caught at Wilbriggie, Goolgowi, Rankins Springs and Merriwagga despite numerous warnings police would be out in force.

A further five drivers tested positive for driving under the influence of a prohibited drug, all five were immediately banned from driving for 24 hours with their samples sent away for further analysis.

Road users in the Griffith area were fortunate to only have one major crash occur on Good Friday afternoon, after two cars collided at the notorious Yoogali intersection.

A woman was trapped inside her car following the accident and had to be freed by SES workers.

She was taken to Griffith Base Hospital by ambulance, however her injuries were not life-threatening.

Both cars had to be towed from the scene.

With a day still left in Operation Tortoise police have issued a reminder to Griffith residents they will be continuing with their patrols and random breath testing.

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