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Tugun tunnel was turned into a car park on Saturday night (4 November) when police chose to conduct alcohol and blood testing in there. Photo NSW Police
Tugun tunnel was turned into a car park on Saturday night (4 November) when police chose to conduct alcohol and blood testing there. Photo NSW Police

Police admit to turning the M1 southbound into a ‘car park’ on Saturday night (November 4) when Tweed-Byron and Richmond highway patrol chose to conduct random alcohol and drug testing in the Tugun Tunnel.

But they have defended the operation, which began at about 8pm, as part of Operation Drink Drive, saying it netted a significant number of intoxicated drivers.

As a result of the operation, 12 drivers were arrested and charged with drink driving and approximately five others with drive while under the influence of drugs.

Enquiries also revealed one driver had an outstanding warrant.

‘This operation highlights that a large number of driver’s continue to flout the law and place innocent road users in danger,’ a police spokesperson said.

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  1. Story states that 5 people were charged with driving under the influence of drugs. I’m sure its meant to state that 5 people were charged with driving with traces of drugs in their saliva. Two different things. I wish the MDT could detect drivers driving under the influence of drugs.

  2. Pulling people over in a 110kph zone is crazy … plenty of places to pull people over (if you must) where they are going a lot slower.

  3. At least they were checking at night even though 8pm is still early for the drunk drivers. All too often the only time I see random testing is during the day.

    For example on Sunday morning we were leaving the Byron markets at about 10am. The Police could not even be bothered to drive away from the police station and were pulling people aside right near the roundabout.

    This meant that:
    1. It further disrupted the traffic
    2. Anyone who did not want to be tested only had to do a u-turn or right turn to avoid being tested
    3. Only the ones who were that drunk the night before they would still be over the alcohol limit the next morning

    If they were serious about saving lives they would be testing between 10pm and 2am for example.


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