FOR two days this week Dubbo was part of an operation run by the NSW Police Force Random Drug Testing Unit.
Nanjing Night Net

On Wednesday, highway patrol officers were seen on Cobra Street next to Elston Park testing drivers for drugs in an enclosed area.

On Thursday, the operation had moved to Cobbora Road not far from the railway line.

Meanwhile, more than 600 novice drivers have been caught breaking the law during Operation Compliance 3.

Police caught more than 1500 motorists breaking the road rules in a 24-hour crackdown on traffic offences.

The operation was a day-long, state-wide traffic enforcement operation aimed at improving road safety.

Police targeted motorists using mobile phones and law-breaking provisional and learner drivers.

Nine hundred and two motorists were issued infringement notices for using hand-held mobile phones.

While 580 ‘P1’ and ‘P2’ licence holders were issued traffic infringement notices, 64 learner drivers also received fines.

Superintendent Stuart Smith from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command expressed concern at the large number of novice drivers caught in the crackdown.

“The fact 644 provisional and learner drivers have been caught breaking the law in just 24 hours is particularly disappointing,” Superintendent Smith said.

“P-platers are over-represented in fatal collisions with 93 provisional drivers losing their lives on NSW roads in 2011.

“Not surprisingly, P-platers are also over-represented in traffic infringements. Hopefully, the provisional drivers we caught breaking the law yesterday learn their lesson and start to obey the road rules,” Superintendent Smith said.

For two days this week Dubbo was part of an operation run by the NSW Police Force Random Drug Testing Unit.

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