NSW Police Highway Patrol conference, Coffs Harbour.
NSW Police Highway Patrol conference, Coffs Harbour. Matt Deans

Coffs Harbour hosts annual Road Policing Conference

COMBINING new technologies with road policing strategies to create safer roads is the key focus of the northern region police at the annual Road Policing Conference in Coffs Harbour today.

Northern Region Traffic Tactician Chief Inspector Trent Le-Merton will host the three day conference with the region's most experienced highway patrol officers that will include presentations by stakeholders about trends and developments in road safety, technology and policing strategies to help reduce the road toll.

In the Northern Region, the road toll is up by seven fatalities since last year sitting at 85.

Today's conference comes a day after the death of a 65-year-old man who was killed in a motorcycle accident on the Pacific Highway near Nambucca Heads.

Assistant Commissioner, John Hartley said the conference would provide the senior management team of the northern region with the latest information and technology available to police to help reduce the road toll and better detect drivers committing serious offences.

"Our primary road policing strategy is high profile, high visibility deterrence and traffic enforcement," he said.

"Those road users who continue to speed, drink and drug drive, not wear a seat belt or proper helmet, are distracted by a mobile phone or driving tired continue to put us all at risk."

Acting Executive Director, Centre for Road Safety, Transport NSW, Bernard Carlon said the centre has had a long relationship with NSW Police to effectively monitor our roads to keep them safe for commuters.

"Conferences like this are so important so that we can continue to hit the right note when it comes to reducing road trauma."



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