Police blitz is continuing

THE big contingent of police blitzing Coffs Coast motorists is sticking around even though the school holidays are almost over.

So if you're determined to speed or drink-drive, your luck is about to run out.

Officers from Sydney, Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and the North Coast are backing up the local troops until August 1 during Operation Cross.

Their big focus is the Pacific Highway and other major roads, with plenty of police targeting Coffs Harbour South now that we have a uniform 60km/h speed limit right through town.

Further south, the Nambucca Valley highway patrol is also on the warpath and police there have noticed big traffic volumes during the vacation.

“I think the drivers have been pretty good overall but obviously there have been disappointing incidents involving speed,” said Sergeant Jarrod Langan from Nambucca Heads.

“We're still getting quite a few speeds. Obviously anyone speeding is a concern.

“There has been a large increase in traffic compared to the 2009 July school holidays and I'm not sure why. Normally July is a quiet time on our roads.”

Coffs/Clarence tops the State with 18 fatalities so far this year, 11 more than the same period in 2009.

The Mid North Coast local area command – which in part covers Nambucca Heads, Macksville and Bowraville – has had 12 road deaths, up by nine on the same time last year.

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