Extra highway patrol officers are monitoring our region’s roads as part of the school holiday road safety operation.
Extra highway patrol officers are monitoring our region’s roads as part of the school holiday road safety operation. TREVOR VEALE/ The

Here's a record we should be ashamed of

THE Mid North Coast has started 2016 with the dubious honour of being the speeding capital of NSW.

NSW Police statistics have revealed motorists in the Mid North Coast region clocked up 2059 speeding infringements since January 1 this year - the second highest location in NSW behind The Hume.

The Coffs-Clarence region also made the state's top 10 regions for speeding fines with 1320 lead-footed motorists nabbed behind the wheel.

Statistics from the Office of State Revenue showed the fixed speeding camera at the Pacific Hwy at Korora remained the region's speeding hotspot with 936 infringements issued since January 1 carrying fines of $253,444.

The figures come as extra highway patrol officers are monitoring our region's roads as part of the school holiday road safety operation.

Acting assistant commissioner Stuart Smith says police will continue to target speeding motorists throughout the operation that will conclude on Monday.

"Motorists need to know that speed limits are in place for a reason," Mr Smith said.

"Have respect for the safety of those travelling with you as well as other road users and stick to the speed limit.

"There is no such thing as 'safe speeding' and those who think they can flout the road rules will eventually come undone."

In the Coffs-Clarence region two people died on the region's roads at the weekend including a 30-year-old man who lost control of his vehicle near Coutts Crossing.

Police are also continuing investigations after a pedestrian was fatally struck by a car in Coffs Harbour on Sunday night.

Statewide, an additional 1000 highway patrol shifts are in operation during the school holiday operation with officers testing for drug and drink-driving, enforcing speed limits and checking heavy vehicle compliance.

With seven more days until school resumes, Centre for Road Safety executive director Bernard Carlon urged motorists to remain mindful on the roads.

"We don't want to see you and your family become a statistic during a happy time of the year," he said.

"Our message to drivers is: don't drive while you're tired, don't touch your mobile phone and don't rush."



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