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Police won't ease off as Operation Safe Arrival reaches peak

Highway patrol officers will maintain a high profile on Coffs Coast roads in the final hours of Operation Safe Arrival.
Highway patrol officers will maintain a high profile on Coffs Coast roads in the final hours of Operation Safe Arrival. Trevor Veale

HIGHWAY patrol officers from Coffs-Clarence and Mid North Coast Local Area Commands are maintaining a high profile presence for the final hours of Operation Safe Arrival 2014-15.

The annual Christmas-New Year road safety blitz ends at 11.49pm today.

Senior command is stunned that after all the warnings and publicity over the holiday period, nearly 1,900 motorists were still caught breaking the law on Saturday, second last day of the operation.

In exact terms 1,890 motorists were charged with a variety of offences on NSW roads.

Of note, 740 motorists were caught speeding, 109 were booked for not wearing a seatbelt, and 35 were charged for drink-driving.

A motorcyclist was involved in a fatal incident on Saturday and an 89-year-old man passed away in hospital following a crash near Forster on December 29, bringing the total number of fatalities for this season's Operation Safe Arrival to 10.

One of those fatalities was on the Coffs Coast when a man died on Christmas Eve on Muldiva Road at Bostobrick after a Holden Commodore ute and a four wheel drive collided.

Two people were also injured and hospitalised in Coffs Harbour Health Campus as a result of that incident.

Double demerits remain in force until 11.59pm Sunday.

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