Bad drivers set to be covered by chrome as new police operation begins

ON GUARD: Central West Police District inspector Dave Harvey will be a part of Operation Chrome over the weekend. Photo: MAX STAINKAMPH
ON GUARD: Central West Police District inspector Dave Harvey will be a part of Operation Chrome over the weekend. Photo: MAX STAINKAMPH

Police will be out in full force over the weekend as they launch Operation Chrome designed to reduce road trauma.

Drink driving and driving under the influence of drugs will be two of the biggest targets of Operation Chrome, which will run on Saturday.

The push to reduce road trauma will be a state-wide operation but especially pertinent in the Central West after several bad accidents over the past weeks and months, with the road toll up from the same time last year.

Central West Police District inspector Dave Harvey said police didn't want to see more trauma on the road.

"We ask all motorist to consider their driving behaviour and ensure the roads are safe for themselves and road users," he said.

"Wherever police vehicles can travel, motorists can expect to be stopped and breath tested."

He said while the operation would last until Saturday night, Operation Merit would be continuing for the next three months.

"If people are drink-driving over the next three months they will be detected," he said.

Western Region commander assistant commissioner Geoff McKechnie was in Bathurst on Thursday for the launch of the operation taking place this weekend, which focuses on improving driver behaviour through enforcement and education.

"The Western Region road toll is up from the same time last year, many caused by speed, fatigue, people not wearing seatbelts, alcohol and drug impaired driving," he said.