Sunshine Coast Daily

Police out in force as holidays begin

POLICE will throw all of their available resources onto Coffs Coast roads during the school holidays.

Their blitz, Operation North Roads, starts tomorrow and will run for the next two weeks.

The Labour Day long weekend of October 4, 5 and 6 will have its own crackdown, Operation Slowdown, and double demerit points.

“During this holiday period, we will be targeting fatigue, speeding, drink-driving and non-wearing of seatbelts,” Coffs Harbour highway patrol supervisor Sergeant Dave Vandergriend said.

“We're urging people to take it easy and to be patient.”

Sgt Vandergriend said now the Bonville deviation was open to traffic, a new heavy vehicle checking station at Pine Creek was scheduled to be operating by the end of the year.

Operation Truck Safe

Highway patrol police last night wrapped up their latest heavy vehicle campaign, Operation Truck Safe, which targeted truckies passing through Halfway Creek.

The blitz was run in conjunction with the RTA and Traffic Services police and focused on drink-driving and driving under the influence of illicit substances. Final figures are due to be released today.

Drug driving charges

The Coffs Harbour Target Action Group, local highway patrol police and Traffic Services set up shop at Hernani, between Dorrigo and Ebor, on Sunday morning after a rave party at Ebor. Police conducted 165 breath-tests and charged one motorist with low range drink-driving.

But from the 62 roadside random drug tests, officers had four positive results for illicit substances. Those motorists have been charged with driving with an illicit drug in their system. Also, police carried out 31 person and vehicle searches, and two people were issued with cannabis cautions.



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