Local road toll rises to 11 in 2016

A FATAL crash at Upper Corindi that claimed the life of a 39-year-old family man has raised this year's road-toll in the Coffs-Clarence region to alarm levels.

Alcohol, speed and failing to wear a seatbelt were all factors in Saturday's single-vehicle collision on Sherwood Creek Rd.

The man was the 11th person killed on Coffs-Clarence roads in 2016 - a sharp increase from three fatalities in 2015.

It also comes as school holiday traffic combined with major roadworks in our region has seen driver frustration rise.

In the past week, 160 speed infringements have been issued, nine drink-driving charges, and 79 other fines.

Notable was a Coffs Harbour man, 53, allegedly travelling 65kmh in a 50kmh zone in Toormina with a high-range blood-alcohol reading of 0.153.

A learner driver was also detected at 150kmh on the Pacific Hwy at Woolgoolga last Thursday.

Both drivers had their licence suspended.

Highway Patrol supervisor Sgt Mark Adams urged motorists to remain mindful on the roads.

"Fatigue, alcohol or drug use, seatbelts, speed and distraction are all risks that can lead to tragedy," he said.

"The message to motorists is manage time and fatigue and get to a destination in one piece."

"We don't want to see you or your family become a statistic."



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