Motorists continue to speed

POLICE have booked almost 700 speedsters in our region in the lead-up to the Easter long weekend.

Operation Cross was a three-week blitz in the Coffs/Clarence and Mid North Coast police commands which have the highest number of road fatalities in NSW.

This high-profile campaign – which harnessed resources from up and down the coast – wound up on Friday.

As well as the 691 speeding drivers detected, police charged four people with drink-driving from 3581 breath tests and laid another 35 charges.

They also uncovered 331 registration offences, 43 seatbelt offences, 17 heavy vehicle offences and issued 110 cautions.

Northern region traffic co-ordinator, Senior Sergeant Bill Darnell, said while the high number of speedsters was disappointing, some were caught in areas where they hadn’t seen a high-profile police presence before.

“The community in general was mindful of our presence and they had regard for other road users and the road rules,” Snr Sgt Darnell said.

“Drivers in the local community appear to be mindful of how a poor driving decision can have devastating consequences. Lives change in an instant.”

Snr Sgt Darnell urged drivers across the region to be vigilant during the Easter long weekend when officers will target speeding, fatigue, the non-wearing of seatbelts and drug/drink driving.

Double demerit points will apply from midnight tomorrow to Monday for speeding, seatbelt and motorbike helmet offences.

“There is no excuse for speeding and motorists who ignore the road rules, especially during double demerit periods, risk losing their licence,” NSW Roads Minister David Campbell said.

“Motorists need to be aware that Thursday, April 1, is a school day and additional demerit points will apply to offences recorded during school zone times.”

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