Bike blitz on local roads
POLICE are putting all of their resources onto Coffs Coast roads during the Australia Day long weekend.
Coffs Harbour highway patrol police will work alongside the visiting Traffic Support Group to combat the road toll during Operation Safe Return.
The Traffic Support Group is providing 13 motorcycle police and another five officers in cars who will be patrolling the area between Ballina in the north and Nambucca Heads in the south until Tuesday.
“We always come to areas which have a need, and we're happy to help the local area commands,” Senior Sergeant Dave Chandler said.
“We're here to provide a high profile to encourage people to do the right thing on the road.
“We want people to slow down and to be patient.
“It is coming towards the end of the school holidays, so there is going to be a lot of traffic on the road. People need to show patience and take plenty of rests.
“Don't drink and drive, plan your trip and take a break every two hours.”
Double demerits will apply to all motorists caught speeding or not wearing a seatbelt, and motorbike riders not wearing helmets.
“There are no excuses for breaking the law and if motorists continue to risk these behaviours, they will get caught and suffer the consequences,” an RTA spokesman said.
For more information about double demerits, drink-driving, fatigue, or to get a map with rest area locations, visit www.rta.nsw.gov.au, or call 13 27 01.