Bloody idiots

By CRAIG McTEAR

STUPIDITY has landed 31 people in hot water with the law.

That's the number of drink-drivers police caught from a mammoth 2050 breath tests during Operation Coffs Cup, which ran from Thursday to Sunday night.

Not surprisingly, half of those were driving when they clearly shouldn't have on Cup night.

"The burst of rain between 5pm and 6.30pm on Thursday increased the risk on the roads even further," Senior Constable Wally Brooks said.

"With the amount of advertising warning people we would be out in force, it's unbelievable these people could be so stupid to drive. What do you need to do to get the message through.

"Everyone was talking about it."

A Coffs Harbour man, 44, was breath-tested after mounting the kerb in Edinburgh Street at 9.30pm on Thursday and a subsequent breath analysis allegedly revealed a reading of .205, more than four times the legal limit.

At 11.50pm, police stopped a Woolgoolga man, 48, in Harbour Drive after they saw him drive with a flat front tyre. His breath analysis reading was .185, police allege.

"We're very disappointed with the attitude of some racegoers. We had additional police from Grafton and Forster during the operation and there'll be even more next year."

The blitz, which focused on Coffs Harbour, western districts and settlements between Woolgoolga and Urunga also targeted speeding, seatbelt infringements and fatigue.

In addition to drink-driving offences, there were 10 other traffic charges. Police fined 14 drivers for having unregistered vehicles, seven for being unlicensed and 49 for other breaches.

Officers also issued 21 speeding tickets.



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