UNDERSTAND IT: Coffs Harbour Highway Patrol Sergeant Jarrod Langan, pictured with Senior Constable Mark Whittaker, said on average one driver a day is detected drink driving on the Coffs Coast.
UNDERSTAND IT: Coffs Harbour Highway Patrol Sergeant Jarrod Langan, pictured with Senior Constable Mark Whittaker, said on average one driver a day is detected drink driving on the Coffs Coast. Trevor Veale

Coffs Coast continues its shameful boozy act

THE public have concerned police with their level of ignorance.

Despite a front page campaign with the Advocate, and countless other warnings, police have continued to detect drivers getting behind the wheel after drinking.

Coffs Harbour Highway Patrol Sergeant Jarrod Langan said 30 drivers were detected drink driving in the month following the Advocate's front page campaign, which equated to about one drink driver a day.

He said a large number of those drivers returned mid to high-range readings.

"The number of high and mid range readings are quite concerning,” Sgt Langan said.

He said as of July 29, 18 drink drivers were detected in Coffs Harbour followed by seven in Sawtell.

"It's quite clear people in Sawtell and Coffs Harbour aren't getting the message,” he said.

This mass of figures was added to by two drink drivers detected in Bellingen, two in Woolgoolga and another one in Urunga.

While drinking establishments are spread across the Coffs Coast and Coffs Harbour, as a regional city, lacks public transport in the late hours there is a whole host of other transport means.

The Advocate outlined this list of transport options included taxis, courtesy buses and ride-sharing company Go Buggy.

But Sgt Langan said this message continued to fall on deaf ears.

In the last financial year, Coffs Harbour recorded the second highest number of drink drivers detected across the state.



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