As the clock strikes midnight tonight Operation Drink Drive 1 will start in NSW.  Expect to be pulled over as police will be out in force.
As the clock strikes midnight tonight Operation Drink Drive 1 will start in NSW. Expect to be pulled over as police will be out in force. Trevor Veale

Police operation targeting drink driving begins tonight.

AS the clock strikes midnight tonight, get ready to be breathalysed on New South Wales highways, police warn.

Operation Drink Drive 1 commences at 12.01 am tomorrow (Thursday, February 21) and will run through until 11.59pm on Saturday (February 23).

Over the course of the operation, police officers will be out in force across NSW and are planning to conduct more than 100,000 RBTs over the three days.

If you are foolish enough to drink and drive, getting stopped by police is the best possible outcome, senior officers are warning.

Operations Commander of the NSW Police Force's Traffic and Highway Patrol, Superintendent Stuart Smith, said drink driving all too often leads to a far worse result than a driving suspension and criminal record.

"Anyone who drinks and drives needs to realise that the consequences of their actions could be horrific," Superintendent Smith said.

"If you drink and drive, and have a crash, you could very well end up in jail or hospital.

"Worse yet, you may be burdened with a lifetime of guilt if your stupidity leads to the death of an innocent person or family."

Each of the NSW Police Force's 80 Local Area Commands will be supported by large numbers of officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command over the course of Operation Drink Drive 1.

During last year's (2012) Drink Drive 1 operation, police charged 187 people with drink driving. A further 2,125 motorists were booked for speeding while 5,099 road-users were issued infringements for other driving offences.

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