Police disappointed by drivers' behaviour

SPEEDSTERS and drink-drivers continue to risk lives on Coffs Coast roads.

Theyfeatured heavily in police figures from the long weekend road blitz,Operation Slowdown, despite repeated warnings and double demerit pointsin force.

Coffs Harbour highway patrol policesay they're extremely disappointed with the large numbers of peoplecaught doing the wrong thing during the campaign, which ran frommidnight on Thursday until midnight Monday.

Policecharged 11 people with drink-driving from 558 breath tests and laidanother 13 traffic charges. They also detected 25 speeding drivers andhanded out 34 other traffic infringements.

In some of the more disturbing incidents:

  • Police terminated a pursuit on the Pacific Highway at Repton on Fridaynight due to dangerous speeds. They were chasing a motorbike ridersouth when speeds reached 220km/hour.
  • Anothermotorist also evaded police after being clocked at 157km/h in a 100km/hzone on the Pacific Highway at Boambee on Sunday night.
  • A P-plater was detected travelling at 158km/h in a 100km/h zone on thePacific Highway at Bonville on Friday night and was subsequentlycharged with speeding.
  • A Queenslandmotorcyclist was charged with low-range drink-driving, speeding, andriding while unlicensed on the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour onFriday night. He was clocked at 150km/h in a 60km/h zone.

Operation North Roads runs until the end of school holidays.



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