Amazed? police warning drivers



POLICE are incredulous that motorists continue to speed and drink drive despite all the warnings.

A just completed three week blitz on the Pacific Highway between Macksville and Halfway Creek netted six drink-drivers all of them men from 1322 breath tests.

Officers also nabbed 779 speedsters, five of which were heavy vehicle drivers.

"We're still disappointed we booked that many people for speeding," Coffs Harbour highway patrol's Sergeant John Patacko said.

"However, there's been a reduction in the number of drink drivers, compared to previous campaigns this year.

"It looks like the message is getting across."

Police also laid 74 other traffic charges and issued 924 infringement notices.

They also confiscated cars from three drivers for three months each following burnout offences, two of which happened in front of unmarked police cars.

During the Operation North Roads period, six people lost their lives on Coffs Harbour roads.

Police will continue to have a high profile with a speed blitz starting next week, which will run until the end of August.

It will coincide with the Coffs Cup carnival when there will also be a major drink-driving operation.

Police from throughout the region will be called in to help.

Sgt Patacko, who is a member of the city council's traffic committee, also said yesterday the creation of a new left turn lane from Bray Street to the Pacific Highway with work currently under way would improve the intersection.



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