Operation Safe Arrival wrap

While the festive season has now ended, motorists have been warned that police will continue to be targeting poor driver behaviour to help keep our road safe.

Acting Inspector Adrian Leary said that a total of 10,764 drivers were breath tested during Operation Safe Arrival over the festive season with 81 people charged with drink driving offences, 38 people charged with mobile phone offences, 678 people charged with speeding (not including speed camera detections) and zero fatalities.

“The vast majority of drivers did the right thing which is great to see, and it’s particularly pleasing that there were no fatalities and only 3 serious injuries during the period, compared to two fatalities and 6 serious injuries the previous year. However any fatality or serious injury is one too many, and we want drivers to stay safe on our roads in 2023,” he said.

“Operation Safe Arrival aims to ensure our roads are safe these holidays – we utilised marked and unmarked cars and motorbikes, reminding motorists to be safe and to follow the road rules.

“While the festive season is over, we’ll still be out in force, targeting risky driver behaviours like speeding, mobile phone use, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“Importantly, keeping everyone safe on our roads is a mission for the whole community – not just police.

We have a community evidence portal on our website, where members of the public can submit footage of dangerous driving incidents to us for investigation.

We urge everyone to obey the rules, be patient on the roads, and get to their destination safely.


Operation Safe Arrival state-wide traffic enforcement activities  23 Dec 2022 – 3 Jan 2023
Random drug & alcohol tests 10764
Motorists charged with drink driving offences 81
Oral Fluid Tests Conducted 178
Motorists who returned positive oral fluid tests 31
Infringement notices issued for speeding offences 678
Infringement notices issued for inattentive driving
Infringement notices issued for mobile phone use 38
Infringement notices issued for seat belt offences 22
Infringement notices issued for disqualified Driving or driving whilst suspended 17