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Alert police catch speeding man

Hurley Drive traffic lights. Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate.
Hurley Drive traffic lights. Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate. Trevor Veale/ The

ALERT police have managed to act against another driver taking unnecessary risks on the main traffic artery through Coffs Harbour.

A patrol car monitoring the Pacific Highway south of the city as part of Operational National Route 1 allegedly detected a 43-year-old man on the Pacific Highway travelling at 98km/h in a 60 km/h zone.

Police also allegedly witnessed the man proceed through a red traffic signal at 96km/h, after merely tapping the brakes.

This incident happened at the infamous Hurley Drive intersection where traffic lights were installed last year in a bid to counter a series of serious injuries and fatalities.

In a further series of incidents, about 5.40pm Saturday a patrol detected a 66-year-old man allegedly travelling at 119km/h in an 80km/h zone on the Pacific Highway at Grafton.

Later at about 10.25pm, also on the Pacific Highway, police allegedly detected a 22-year-old Chinese National travelling at 95km/h in a 60km/h zone.

All the drivers were ticketed accordingly.

Superintendent Stuart Smith, Commander of Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, says police make no apologies for coming down hard on those who flout our traffic laws by speeding.

"We know speeding contributes to 40% of all fatal crashes and costs the community $1.7 billion annually," he said.

"So for anyone to drive in this manner, particularly on a road like the Pacific Highway - which is known for fatal crashes - it is nothing short of complete stupidity."

Topics:  arrest, police, speeding, traffic


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