Operation Tortoise: A random breath test operation gets under way as police stopped drivers across the State over the Easter holidays.
Operation Tortoise: A random breath test operation gets under way as police stopped drivers across the State over the Easter holidays.

Coast speedsters among the worst

MANY motorists are still ignoring the safe driving message on Coffs Coast roads.

Police in the Coffs/Clarence local area command detected a whopping 196 speedsters during the Easter long weekend road blitz, up from 123 for the same time last year.

Our area had the second highest number of speeding drivers in the police northern region (Central Coast to the Queensland border) this Easter behind Manning/Great Lakes with 236.

Coffs/Clarence police also charged 12 people with drink-driving from 1936 breath tests, the fifth highest detection rate in the northern region.

Officers laid another 23 traffic charges, found nine seatbelt offences and issued 105 other infringements.

Across the entire northern region, police conducted 31,176 breath tests and charged 106 drink-drivers.

They also issued 1628 speeding infringements and another 1659 traffic infringements.

The long weekend road toll in NSW was three, which was down by six compared to the same time last year.

Police throughout the State booked 7183 people for speeding, conducted 227,517 random breath tests and charged 463 people with drink-driving.

Police were called to 634 major crashes.

“Most crashes are preventable and drivers need to realise the real risks of speeding, drink-driving, not wearing a seatbelt and fatigue,” said NSW Traffic Services Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley.

“School holidays are continuing in NSW and I am reminding motorists that a safe trip begins even before you turn the key in the ignition.

“It is all about getting in the right frame of mind before you reverse out of the driveway.”

Operation North Roads will run until April 18 to cover the school holidays.



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