Pat on the back for drivers



GIVE yourselves a pat on the back!

Police have praised motorists in the Coffs Harbour area for their behaviour in heavy traffic flows during the Christmas holiday weekend.

However, drivers are warned to keep up the good work as the roads get even busier.

"The traffic increase today is quite dramatic compared to the previous week," acting Sergeant Mark Carroll from Coffs Harbour highway patrol said yesterday.

"Frustration can creep in when motorists have to sit on 80km/h for a while instead of the 100km/h they're used to.

"But the Christmas weekend has been good for us. We've had nothing major of any concern."

Since their road safety blitz started on December 9, Coffs Harbour police have nabbed 1130 speedsters, charged four drink-drivers from 1300 breath tests, laid eight other traffic charges and two criminal charges from those breath tests, detected five unlicensed drivers, uncovered 26 unregistered vehicles and issued 55 other traffic infringements.

The Moonee Beach Road intersection, which is currently being upgraded, was the scene of a smash on Saturday afternoon.

Thankfully, no-one was injured when a Toyota Landcruiser pulled out onto the highway into the path of a southbound Mitsubishi sedan, which was forced to take evasive action but hit another vehicle.

Operation NorthRoads continues until January 29.



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