P-platers pass the test

THEY tend to cop a bad rap, but Coffs Harbour P-platers appear to be streets ahead of the rest when it comes to complying with the new laws that came into effect from July 1.

Police state-wide carried out the one-day 'Operation Compliance' on Wednesday, targeting drivers breaking the new laws which include licence suspension for any speeding offence for P1 drivers and provisional riders; a ban on all mobile phone use for learner, P1 drivers and provisional riders; passenger restrictions for p-plate drivers; and 'L' or 'P' plates required to be clearly displayed.

A total of 687 traffic infringements were issued by police across the entire state for all new novice driving offences during the operation.

However, Coffs Harbour Highway Patrol reported issuing only three infringement notices.

A spokesperson for the local highway patrol said it appeared that P-platers in the Coffs region were complying with the new laws.

Chief Superintendent John Lipman, New South Wales Police acting traffic services commander, said learners and provisional licence holders had been given plenty of warning about the new laws.

"So for any novice drivers caught during Operation Compliance or at any time, I have one message for you you have been given plenty of warning and police will not hesitate to act," he said.

"Within our operational framework, police will continue to target these offences and we will more than likely run similar operations in the near future."



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