One in 30 drivers drunk in Coffs

COFFS Coast police are fuming - a staggering one in 37 drivers breathtested during their latest blitz was over the limit.

"It's an absolute disgrace," said Coffs Harbour highway patrol supervisor, Sergeant Brett Jackson.

"It must be complacency and people thinking it (being breathtested) won't happen to me."

Figures from last week's three-day blitz are even more alarming when pegged against the Statewide average.

In NSW, one in 151 breath-tested drivers return a positive result for alcohol.

Sergeant Jackson said Coffs/Clarence last year had the worst statistics of all police commands between the Central Coast and Tweed Heads for alcohol-related smashes - a staggering 115 compared with 98 for Tweed/Byron and 73 for Mid North Coast to the south.

And of those 115, 45 resulted in injury or death.

"We don't know why so many drivers chose to do the wrong thing and we can't understand why the community can't get the message," added Sergeant Jackson.

Police in the Coffs Harbour and Clarence Valley areas have so far this year nabbed an average of one drink driver in 88 breath tests.


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