Vigilant: Local highway patrol police continue their blitz on bad road behaviour during the school holidays.
Vigilant: Local highway patrol police continue their blitz on bad road behaviour during the school holidays.

Drink drivers warned

THE police blitz on traffic offenders across the Coffs Coast is relentless.

Officers will focus on major roads and even back roads through to Australia Day as they clamp down on speeding, drink and drug-driving, fatigue and seatbelt offences.

Their vigilance is needed when you take into account the results of their latest crackdown, Operation Safe Arrival, which ended on Friday. Local police charged as many as 36 drink-drivers from 2859 breath tests and detected a whopping 260 speedsters.

They laid an additional 19 charges for other traffic offences, found nine seatbelt infringements and issued another 173 fines.

“Generally we had no fatal accidents or crashes involving life-threatening injuries during this period so we’re happy with that considering the traffic density and the wet weather,” said Sergeant Brett Jackson from Coffs Harbour highway patrol.

“But we’re still disappointed with the amount of drink-drivers. People have to get the message that if you’re going out drinking, don’t drive because you will be caught.

“We had several P-platers in our drink-driving figures as well.”

Operation Cross is now in full swing until January 20 and will be followed by Operation Safe Return.



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