Be patient ? police
POLICE will be out in force this long weekend along the Coffs Coast and throughout the State, with speeding mo- torists facing tough double demerit points. Police encouraged the public to enjoy this week- end's festivities but not to put their lives at risk on the roads. "We're appealing to all drivers to be patient and take care on the road," Sen- ior Constable Paul Ford from Coffs Harbour Highway Patrol said. The annual Labour Day long weekend road safety campaign, 'Operation Slow- down', began at midnight Thursday with police con- ducting high-visibility en- forcement activities across New South Wales. "Double demerit points are already in force and we will be targeting speed, drink driving, driver fatigue and seatbelt offences," Const Ford said. As well as a number of major events, including the NRL and AFL grand finals and loads of local activities, this weekend marks the start of the spring school holiday, so an increase in traffic is expected. Police urged holidaymak- ers to plan their trips in ad- vance and remain patient on the roads, while those head- ing on long journeys were advised to make use of driv- er reviver sites. Road deaths are up on last year with 388 deaths on NSW roads so far this year ? 17 of those on the Mid North Coast ? nine more than the same period in 2005. Double demerit points will be in force until 11.59pm Monday.