Bad driving a real turn-off
COFFS Harbour police are putting an emphasis on pedestrian-vehicle safety with a series of one-day snap blitzes in local trouble spots.
During the traffic enforcement blitz on illegal u-turns in Harbour Dr on Thursday, Coffs Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said selfish actions by road- users were putting people at risk.
"Illegal u-turns have been increasing over the last few months as people try to grab parking spots," he said.
"It's been creating significant risk for pedestrians and other road- users."
Mr Jameson said there had been incidents of drivers mounting the footpath as they completed their u-turns.
"It's important to remember we have a shared responsibility," he said.
"The blitzes will continue in known trouble spots as we try and reduce road injuries and deaths."
A total of 13 fines were issued in Harbour Dr on Thursday.
And it's not cheap. An on-the-spot fine of $311, plus the loss of three demerit points, applies for those caught doing illegal u-turns.