THREE drivers have tested positive to drink driving in Orange since the early hours of Friday morning.
Until noon yesterday Orange Police had breath tested 684 drivers.
Inspector Michael White of Orange Police said Friday night’s torrential rain proved a challenge for police as they tried to pull drivers over as part of Operation Slowdown.
Inspector White said a number of other offences such as driving without a seatbelt and speeding, which incurred double demerits, were picked up during the period.
Altogether, 23 drivers were charged for a range of offences.
All drivers who tested positive to drink driving have been given an appearance date to attend Orange Local Court.
Overall the state has reported 15 fewer drink driving charges laid than last year with 38,495 drivers breath tested across the state until noon yesterday.
Western region police report they detected a P-plate driver on Sunday afternoon with the Chifley Local Area Command booking the driver for not displaying P-plates. He was breath tested, returning a reading of 0.038.
Inspector White said he urged Orange drivers to take care on the roads for the remainder of the school holiday period.
Orange Police were also called to the northern distributor just before 3pm yesterday after reports three young boys were playing chicken with the traffic