Sunshine Coast Daily

Police warning to errant drivers

IT'S been a busy time for Coffs Harbour police during Operation Go Slow.

Local officers nabbed 48 speedsters and charged five people with drink-driving from 475 breath tests in the operation that ran locally from midnight on Thursday of last week to midnight last night.

They laid a further eight traffic charges and issued 37 fines.

In the wider Coffs/Clarence local area command, incorporating the Clarence Valley, officers charged 12 people with drink-driving from 990 breath tests.

“We're disappointed as far as the drink-driving figures go,” northern region traffic co-ordinator, Senior Sergeant Malcolm Read told the Coffs Coast Advocate yesterday.

“There are still drivers out there who want to drink and drive.”

Another 88 drivers were booked for speeding and a further 55 infringement notices were issued for other offences.

Six drivers and passengers were nabbed for not wearing seat belts.

If you think highway patrol police are about to slacken off now the school holidays are over, then you better think again.

“While most motorists were well behaved, there are still hard core drivers who want to ignore the risks and continue to drink and drive,” Sgt Read said.

“Police over the coming months will still do local enforcements which will involve random breath-testing.”

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