Coffs speedsters caught out

A P-plater tearing up Hogbin Drive in the wet was one of a whopping 70 speedsters caught by police on the long weekend.

Police allege the youth hit 127km/h in an 80km/h zone near John Paul College on Monday.

And this came on a weekend when local emergency crews attended four crashes involving injuries.

During Operation Stay Alert, officers charged 11 motorists with drink-driving from 938 breath tests and laid 14 other traffic charges.

They detected only one seatbelt offence but issued another 41 fines.

Statewide, the blitz resulted in:

• a total of 674 random drug tests, catching out 15 motorists driving under the influence of illicit substances;

• more than 177,400 random breath tests, an increase of more than 4470 over the same period last year;

• these tests caught 388 drivers under the influence of alcohol – 244 fewer drivers that last year; and

• police issuing 12,695 traffic infringement notices including 5904 for speeding-related offences – an increase of 416 drivers on last year.

Police Minister Michael Daley said it was pleasing to see a fall in some categories over the long weekend but disturbing that some motorists continue to flaunt the road rules.

“Long weekends are always a busy time on our roads with motorists travelling across the State to visit family and friends or to getaway for a short break,” Mr Daley said.

“Speed, alcohol and driving under the influence of drugs are a recipe for disaster. Hopefully these drivers caught on the wrong side of the law will learn from their mistakes and not offend again.”

Mr Daley said there were six fatalities on our roads during the break.

“My heartfelt sympathies go out to family and friends coming to grips with the loss of a loved one as a result of these accidents,” Mr Daley said.

“I would urge drivers to remember that bad behaviour can lead to fatal consequences – not only over long weekends – but every single day of the year. Police will continue to crack down on drivers who fail to understand that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated.”

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