DOZENS of people were found to be breaking the law behind the wheel in Griffith during a traffic operation conducted by the city's police.
The traffic operation, titled Towards Zero, found 11 people on the one day, May 28, to be using their mobile phones while driving, while further arrests were made for drink driving and driving while unlicensed.
The operation will lead into this weekend's double demerit period, which will again see police out in force across the Murrumbidgee Police District.
Among those charged was a 33-year-old male driver, who was stopped by police in Yenda on May 30 around 9.30pm for a roadside breath test.
The man, who was a holder of an international driver's licence, returned a positive result. He was taken to Griffith police station where a further breath analysis recorded a positive 0.114 result.
He was charged with mid-range driving and his licence was suspended.
Also on May 30, another man, a holder of an international driver's licence, was found to be allegedly drink driving around 11.20pm in Banna Avenue after telling police he had drank six cups of red wine that event.
The 50-year-old was taken to Griffith police station, with officers reporting a "strong smell of alcohol". A breath analysis returned a positive result of 0.98. He was charged with mid-range drink driving and his licence suspended.
Earlier that same evening at 7.15pm, a 58-year-old female was stopped by police in Poole Street for a roadside breath test.
A negative result was returned, but investigations by police found the driver's licence had been suspended in November last year after failing to pay a fine for not voting in an election in 2019.
She was issued with an infringement notice and will now need to appear in Griffith Local Court at a later date.
Another driver was also issued an infringement notice on May 31 after he was found driving and not having his licence "on his person".
Police explained normally this type of offence a person would be cautioned, but during the operation a zero tolerance approach to offences is taken.
Drivers have been urged to use caution this weekend during the double demerit period.