Police out in force on H'way
THE looming festive season signals a hectic time for Coffs Coast partygoers and the police trying to keep them safe.
Highway patrol officers are now converging en masse on the Pacific Highway and other major roads in the lead-up to the Christmas holidays.
Their presence is needed if the results of their latest drink-driving blitz are anything to go by.
During Drink Drive II, which ran from Thursday night to Saturday night, Coffs/Clarence police charged 12 people with drink-driving from 681 breath tests.
Surprisingly they found no seatbelt offences.
“These results are not too bad,” said the Northern Region Police traffic co-ordinator, Senior Constable Glenn Trubody.
“The drink-driving results are down slightly – during the same operation last year there were 16 charges.
“Our breath-tests are also down slightly (compared to 751 last year) due to the rain we've had.
“The whole idea of Drink Drive II is a prelude to the Christmas holiday period with people starting their Christmas parties in the near future.
“It's a reminder for everyone to be aware it's an offence and a dangerous practice to drink and drive.
“Police will be everywhere on the roads in and around Coffs Harbour between now and the Christmas holidays.”
Statewide, Operation Drink Drive II resulted in 194 people charged with drink-driving from 96,713 random breath tests.
They also booked 1468 speeding motorists and issued infringement notices for 4749 other traffic offences.