Police presence on Coffs Coast roads was ramped up during Operation Safe Return.
Police presence on Coffs Coast roads was ramped up during Operation Safe Return.

Drivers keep ignoring the messages

DRINK-DRIVERS and speedsters continue to endanger lives on the Coffs Coast.

Local highway patrol officers were dumbfounded by the high numbers of lawbreakers caught on our roads during their latest blitz, Operation Safe Return.

The high-visibility operation involved massive police resources and ran from January 22 to Thursday.

“People are still drink-driving and they’re not heeding all the advertising that’s been out there during the school holiday period,” said Senior Constable Scott Jackson from Coffs Harbour Highway Patrol.

“Thankfully we had no fatalities in the Coffs/Clarence local area command during the operation.

“Our next big drink-driving campaign will be held at the end of February but we will continue to provide a big presence on local roads.”

Operation Safe Return resulted in six people charged with drink-driving from 844 breath tests.

Police laid another 18 traffic charges and detected 63 speedsters, with a further 36 infringement notices issued for offences including driving unregistered and uninsured vehicles.



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