Highway patrol police show off the latest additions.
Highway patrol police show off the latest additions. Coffs Coast Advocate

Coffs police cars go green

COFFS HARBOUR'S highway patrol police are now even easier to see, and that's exactly how they want it.

On the eve of their school holiday road blitz, they've taken delivery of a bright green patrol car which complements the red one also doing the rounds on the Coffs Coast.

Their colleagues in Grafton have an orange patrol car and a blue one.

Such colourful vehicles were once the domain of Snowy Mountains police, but they are now welcome additions to the local highway patrol arsenal.

"These vehicles are specifically designed for high-profile policing," Sergeant Dave Vandergriend said.

"We hope they will have an impact on motorists, so much so they will adjust their driving behaviour and comply with the road rules.

"We are working hard to ensure a safe passage for motorists along our major roads through this holiday period."

Operation Coffs Roads is targeting drink-driving, speeding, fatigue and the non-wearing of seatbelts.

"Alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents and fatalities are of great concern to us," Sgt Vandergriend told the Advocate.

"We will be patrolling back roads as well as the Pacific Highway, so don't assume the police won't be there, because there's a good chance we will be.

"Also, police are adopting a zero-tolerance approach to reckless driving behaviour."


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