Drink drivers concern police in Yass and Crookwell during Operation Chrome

An increased police presence on rural and major roads around Yass Valley and Crookwell over the weekend has not deterred some drivers from risky road behaviours.

Three drivers were charged with mid-range drink driving in the areas.

Operation chrome: 42 people were charged with drink driving during a police operation on Friday and Saturday. Photo: Marina Neil

Operation chrome: 42 people were charged with drink driving during a police operation on Friday and Saturday. Photo: Marina Neil

On Friday, May 17 a 38-year-old male was charged with mid-range drink driving in Crookwell.

The driver was stopped by police around 7.15pm on Carrington Street, Crookwell for a random breath test and returned a positive reading. He was arrested and taken to Crookwell Police Station where he allegedly returned a reading of 0.133.

The male's licence was suspended and he is due to appear at Crookwell Local Court in June.

Later that evening, a 39-year-old male was charged with mid-range drink driving in Yass.

The driver was stopped by police around 10.30pm on Comur St, Yass for a random breath test and returned a positive reading. He was arrested and taken to Yass Police Station where he allegedly gave a reading of 0.147.

The male's licence was suspended and he is due to appear at Yass Local Court in June.

On Saturday, May 18 a 24-year old male was charged with mid-range drink driving on Barton Highway at Murrumbateman.

The driver was stopped by police around 9.30pm for a random breath test and returned a positive reading. He was arrested and taken to Yass Police Station where he allegedly gave a reading of 0.138.

His licence was suspended and he is also due to appear at Yass Local Court in June.

Operation Chrome ran from Friday May 17 to Saturday May 18 in the southern region.

Police officers worked with Traffic and Highway Patrol Command to target poor driving behaviours on rural roads including speeding, drink and drug-driving, not wearing seatbelts, using a mobile phone behind the wheel and fatigue.

During the southern region phase of Operation Chrome police conducted 11,785 random breath tests and charged 42 people with drink driving.

Inspector Matthew Hinton of Yass and Crookwell Police Stations said it was "disappointing that drivers believe they will not get caught drink driving."

However, he said the success of the operation was that there were no lives lost in Yass Valley and Crookwell over the weekend.

Inspector Hinton said there will be "increased targeting of drivers who think they can drink and drive home on our local roads."