Police continue blitz on locals

By CRAIG McTEAR

COFFS HARBOUR police are continuing their blitz on motorists who flout the law.

Operation Coffs Roads, which continues for another week, is targeting speeding, drink-driving, fatigue and the non-wearing of seatbelts.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Inspector Cameron Lindsay, said it was a localised operation involving 15 highway patrol police and using funding from the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA).

"It's in response to this time of year which is normally one of our heaviest fatality periods leading into the summer months," Mr Lindsay said.

"Our message is clear. Slow down and don't drink and drive.

"When people are attending Christmas parties and end of year parties and other social occasions, they should consider using a nominated driver or using other transport like taxis. We also want people to remember to stop, revive and survive."

So far during the clampdown, police have conducted 138 mobile and 125 stationary breath tests, resulting in five people charged with drink-driving.

They've laid a further 17 traffic charges and also issued 49 traffic infringement notices.

In one of the most recent incidents, a Coffs Harbour man, 45, was allegedly detected driving with an expired licence and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle in Stadium Drive at 12.45pm on Wednesday.

Police will not tolerate drivers doing the wrong thing, considering the constant warnings they make to the community to stay safe on the roads.

If you witness illegal or dangerous driving behaviour, you should contact police.



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