Busy school holidays for police

COFFS HARBOUR police are in no mood to put up with lawbreakers on our roads during the school holidays.

They are throwing all resources on to the Pacific Highway and other roads in our region during Operation North Roads, which runs until April 18.

The blitz – which follows on from the Easter long weekend campaign Operation Tortoise – will clamp down on drink/drug driving, speeding, seatbelt offences and fatigue.

Police were pleased with the behaviour of most motorists during the weekend operation although there were some notable exceptions.

“We were very happy with it. We remained fatality-free in the Coffs/Clarence command,” said Sergeant Brett Jackson from Coffs Harbour highway patrol.

In the Coffs Harbour area between last Thursday and Monday, police caught 97 speedsters, charged nine people with drink-driving from 1117 breath tests, laid another 17 traffic charges, fined seven people for seatbelt offences and issued 58 other infringements.

Police on Sunday afternoon pulled over 27 bikers for riding erratically through Coffs Harbour and issued them with 20 infringement notices and six defects.

Elsewhere, a P-plater was fined and his licence suspended for travelling at 150km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Pacific Highway at Bonville at 6am on Monday.

Sgt Jackson said the 17-year-old’s licence restricted him to 90km/h.

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