FINAL figures have been released from the joint Australia and New Zealand road safety operation, Operation Crossroads held over the Easter holiday period.
Over the five day operation, almost 690,000 road users were tested for alcohol and nearly 6,000 drivers were screened for drugs.
Of those tested for alcohol, 1,485 were charged with drink driving offences.
Of those drivers screened for drugs, 11 per cent tested positive, which is double the amount of drug driving offences detected over the Easter 2014 period.
“Results from this year’s cross-jurisdictional operation show that some road users continue to demonstrate a disregard for road safety,” CEO of ANZPAA, the organisation that oversees the joint operation, Jon White said.
“Disappointingly, we are still seeing too many poor decisions by road users reflected in the data despite the continued efforts of police across Australia and New Zealand.
“Making our roads safer is everyone’s responsibility and everyone must play their part if we are to bring road trauma down.”
Operation Crossroads is an initiative of Police Commissioners in Australia and New Zealand to reduce road trauma over the holiday periods by raising awareness of road safety issues, in particular targeting the ‘Fatal Five’ causes – drink/drug driving, speeding, fatigue, distraction and not wearing seatbelts.
Breath tests administered: 687,546
Drink driving offences: 1,485
Drug tests administered: 5,853
Drug tests positive: 630
Licence offences: 3,136
Traffic infringement notices: 39,060
• seatbelt infringements: 1,152
• mobile phone use infringements: 1,211
• Speeding offences: 20,119
• Vehicles impounded: 474