Too many drivers caught drinking

MOST Coffs Coast drivers were behaved over the long weekend - but there's still too many driving under the influence of alcohol.

That's the message from the Northern Region traffic co-ordinator, Snr Sgt Malcolm Read, after results from this year's statewide crackdown on drink driving, speeding, and seatbelt offences during Operation Tortoise.

Over the Easter long weekend Coffs/Clarence Highway Patrol breath tested 2072 drivers in the region, with 19 arrests for drink driving. A whopping 123 people were fined for seatbelt offences.

Snr Sgt Read said while all figures were marginally up on last year, the majority of road users did the right thing.

"Drivers were well behaved, but still to detect 19 people drink driving is far too many," Snr Sgt Read said.

"Highway patrol and police will be continuing Operation North Roads for the duration of the school holidays, leading up to and including Anzac Day."

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