Drink-drivers the shame of Coast

AT least nine people on the Coffs Coast should be hanging their heads in shame following the latest police blitz.

They’re the ones who chose to run the gauntlet during Operation Drink Drive I which ended at the weekend.

Local highway patrol officers were supported by police from Newcastle, Taree, Tuggerah Lakes and other parts of the northern region and they managed to undertake a massive 635 breath tests.

They also detected a whopping 113 speedsters, issued eight seatbelt infringements and 63 fines for other traffic offences.

A further 11 traffic charges were laid.

“It’s widely known that alcohol significantly impairs one’s driving skills, yet there are people out there in the community who continue to put lives at risk by getting behind the wheel drunk,” said NSW Traffic Services Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley.

“It’s a risk not worth taking. You do not want to end up with blood on your hands because you chose to drive home after a boozy night out.”

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