NORTHERN and Central West police have targeted trucks and heavy vehicles travelling through the state as part of a multi-agency operation with the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).
Operation Heavy Vehicle was conducted on roads across the north, by the Barwon Local Area Command’s neighbouring highway patrol officers at Castlereagh.
On Tuesday and Wednesday around the Walgett district, officers conducted more than 460 random breath tests and laid six charges against drivers, including three for criminal offences.
More than 180 vehicles were stopped, with the RMS issuing 10 defect notices, and police issuing four traffic infringement notices.
A 49-year-old man from South Australia, had been stopped by Coonabarabran Highway Patrol on Wednesday in his southbound prime mover.
Police allege there were discrepancies in a national heavy vehicle work diary entry from earlier in the week.
RMS staff established that the diary recorded he was in a rest period, but Saf-T-Cam records at the New England Highway near Bendemeer showed the vehicle being driven through the area.
He was issued a field court attendance notice and charged with falsifying a heavy vehicle work diary.
Traffic and highway patrol command Superintendent Stuart Smith said the operation reinforced the professional working relationship between police and RMS.