Police to blitz Coffs main roads

ROADS throughout our region will be swarming with police this weekend as they try to catch lawbreakers and save lives.

The blitz, code-named Operation Coffs Roads, is a major campaign now in full swing to combat the big killers on our roads – speeding, drink-driving, seatbelt offences and driver fatigue.

You can expect to see vast numbers of highway patrol and general duties police on the Pacific Highway, Waterfall Way, Orara Way and other major thoroughfares.

The operation follows news this week that the Coffs/Clarence local area command is the worst police command in the State for road fatalities.

So far this year as many as 16 people have been killed in 13 accidents locally.

These shocking statistics blew out dramatically with the deaths of three people on the Coffs Coast in weekend accidents.

Our command recorded five fatalities during the first five months of 2009.

Police say there does not appear to be a pattern or link to these accidents and there’s no particular suburb which is recording higher figures than others.

Coffs Harbour police traffic duty officer Sergeant Dave Vandergriend says local police will work with the Roads and Traffic Authority to come up with more effective, localised advertising campaigns.

These would include the use of RTA message boards on the Pacific Highway and other major roads.

“It is mostly locals who are involved in these fatal accidents,” Sgt Vandergriend said.

He’s also alarmed at our atrocious drink-driving record on the Coffs Coast, where drink-driving (prescribed concentration of alcohol) charges top the State.

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