P-platers let drivers down

By CRAIG McTEAR

A COFFS Harbour man found himself in deep trouble with police on the Pacific Highway at Bonville at the weekend.

Police allege the 26-year-old overtook an unmarked highway car at 134km/hour in a 90km/h zone on his way from Urunga to Coffs Harbour.

The man also allegedly drove with a blood alcohol level of .180, almost four times the legal limit.

Later that night, also at Bonville, police found a radar detector in a Western Australian car travelling from the Gold Coast to Sydney.

The motorists were among many in the Coffs Harbour area who attracted police attention during Operation Tortoise, the Easter long weekend road blitz which ended at midnight on Monday.

During that period, police charged 15 people with drinkdriving ? including five Pplaters ? from 2019 breath tests.

Police nabbed 15 other motorists for traffic offences such as driving while unlicensed, suspended or disqualified.

They also issued 40 speeding tickets, five seatbelt infringements and 90 other tickets.

"The general motoring public was well behaved, but Pplaters' attitudes left a lot to be desired. The highest blood alcohol reading for a P-plater was .115. It is meant to be zero," Senior Constable Ken Wood said. Operation North Roads starts this weekend and runs to the end of April.



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