Drivers on the straight and narrow

IT seems the message is getting through to drivers this Christmas not to drink and drive.

Orange Police have conducted 1876 breath tests since midnight on Sunday, with only one driver returning a low-range blood alcohol reading.

"That is an excellent result and we are appealing to drivers to keep up the good work and remember not to drink and drive,” acting Inspector Brenden Turner said.

All of the city's emergency services reported this was the quietest Christmas for many years, with few incidents reported to police and no-one held in police custody so far.

Inspector Turner said there was also a huge decrease in the number of violent offences this Christmas, which he puts it down to the weather.

"Anecdotally there is no doubt, because the weather was cooler and it was raining we didn't have a run of alcohol-fuelled incidents, which usually happens on a hot and dry Christmas Day," he said.

Inspector Turner police received calls to three domestic violence reports at residences in Sampson Street, Olympic Drive and Eyles Street.

"They were only minor incidents and in one case it appeared nothing had happened, despite police being called," he said.

The only other incident was a single vehicle crash at 6am yesterday morning near Four Mile Creek where a vehicle ran off the road to avoid a kangaroo.

Inspector Turner warned people that getting in their vehicles to drive long distances over the holiday break was a recipe for disaster.

"There is no way someone would sit on their lounge at home all day for 12 hours without moving, so why should it be alright to do that when you are behind the wheel of a vehicle,” he said.

janice.harris@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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