An upgraded section of the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour.
An upgraded section of the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour. RTA/www.conwag.com/external/chhp

Bloody idiots!

TWO hoons have been caught spitting in the face of road safety this Easter long weekend, driving at 164km/h in a 100km/h zone as they raced along the Pacific Highway.

Despite the timely warning about safe driving - and the double demerit deterrent of Operation Tortoise this weekend - about 10.20am on Sunday, Coffs Harbour Highway Patrol detected a black Ford Falcon sedan and a Nissan Z33 coup allegedly racing along the Pacific Highway at Corindi.

With both coming up on the radar at almost double the speed limit, police pulled over the pair. The driver of the black Ford Falcon was a Queensland driver, who was immediately issued with a six-month licence suspension for NSW roads.

The driver of the Nissan Z33 was a Chinese national who has been studying in Coffs Harbour - and who had only just received his licence back from previous speeding offences. He, too, was issued with an on-the-spot six month licence suspension notice.

Meanwhile, police are urging drivers returning from Easter holidays to take care on the roads, with heavy traffic and wet weather hampering conditions - and reminding people that if they're doing the wrong thing, they will be caught.

An Emerald Beach woman, 29, was charged with driving with a low-range PCA after she was stopped on the Pacific Highway at Emerald Beach about 6.15pm on Sunday.

A Urunga man, 26, will also be facing court after police at Urunga conducting random breath tests noticed the man pull over and quickly change places with his passenger. While he returned a negative reading, he was found to be driving without a licence.

And, about 8pm Sunday a Sawtell man, 51, was pulled over in Elizabeth Street for the purpose of a random breath test and returned a reading of 0.05. He will appear in court charged with driving with a low range PCA.

NSW police launched its Operation Tortoise road safety blitz on Thursday, with double demerit points in force until midnight last night.

Up to and including Sunday, police recorded 90 crashes, in which 19 people were injured.

During the period, 187,094 breath tests were conducted, leading to 97 people being charged with drink driving.

In one incident, police chased a 24-year-old motorcyclist who allegedly rode at 185km/h in a 70km/h zone through Sydney streets.

The man, who had a female pillion passenger, was eventually forced to stop in heavy traffic, when he was apprehended by officers.

He was charged with dangerous driving and had his licence suspended.



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