Police start Operation Safe Return traffic blitz

BE patient, take extreme care and be courteous to your fellow driver.

That's the message from Coffs Harbour highway patrol police who are in the midst of a road safety blitz to coincide with the school holidays.

Their campaign will culminate with Operation Safe Return, which will run from January 23 to January 26 to cover the Australia Day long weekend.

“Obviously during that weekend, people will be returning from their holidays to work and to get their children back to school,” Coffs Harbour highway patrol supervisor Sergeant Dave Vandergriend, said.

“We will be maintaining a high visibility on the Pacific Highway and other major roads, where we will be targeting speeding, drink- driving, the non-wearing of seatbelts and driver fatigue.

“It's important for people to plan their trips and to drive to the road conditions.”

Sgt Vandergriend said traffic volumes on the highway had been busier than in previous years, and this was probably due to the Federal Government's pre-Christmas cash bonus and lower petrol prices.

“We've had issues with people not showing courtesy to other road users when they're travelling at slower speeds,” he said.

“If you're going to travel below the speed limit, be aware of traffic build-ups behind you and pull over to let traffic pass.

“This can help to reduce road trauma.”

  • Highway patrol police this week seized two illegal motorised pushbikes as part of their crackdown, while the use of unregistered trail bikes also continues to be a problem.

In the latest incident, police expect to deal with three teenagers under the Young Offenders Act after they allegedly rode unregistered trail bikes in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday afternoon.

Police arrested a boy, 14, following a pursuit on Stadium Drive and Hogbin Drive about 3.40pm.

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