Road blitz will catch speedsters
A POLICE road blitz on the Coffs Coast is only a few days old but it’s already uncovered a whopping 155 speedsters.
Operation Cross started on Monday in the Coffs/Clarence and Mid North Coast local area commands and will run for three weeks.
It was initiated in response to a massive spike in road deaths in our area – as many as 12 people have died in accidents in both commands combined so far this year compared to zero for the same time last year.
The operation is targeting speeding, drink/drug driving, fatigue, use of mobile phones and non-wearing of seatbelts.
It is using police resources from Tweed/Byron, Richmond, Hunter Valley, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
Officers are out in force on the Pacific Highway as well as Orara Way, Waterfall Way, Summerland Way and the Oxley Highway.
Up to 12 police will be out in force on our roads at any one time during this campaign.
Coffs Harbour highway patrol acting sergeant, Wally Brooks, said he was disturbed by the high numbers of speeding motorists detected so far.
“The figures are horrendous but hopefully they will help to curb irresponsible driving behaviour in the area,” Sgt Brooks said.
Police have conducted more than 600 breath tests, laid 11 traffic charges, issued 124 infringement notices and fined 12 people for seatbelt offences.