Truckies in the headlights under road blitz
TRUCK drivers were in the sights of highway patrol officers and Roads and Maritime Services heavy vehicle inspectors this week.
A blitz on the transport industry across northern New South Wales resulted in drivers being tested for drug use and road safety compliance as inspections were carried out on loads and speed limiters fitted to the rigs.
Locally, trucks were stopped at the Pine Creek Heavy Vehicle Checking Station, on the Pacific Hwy, 10km south of Coffs Harbour.
Codenamed Operation Logan, the statewide blitz saw police inspect 953 prime movers and 1326 trailers.
Officers issued 165 defect notices and two vehicles were found to breach weight limits while more than 20 vehicles needed their loads adjusted.
There were 831 random breath tests with no positive returns.
However, of the 641 drug tests conducted, there were 12 positive tests, including two positive drug tests returned at Coffs Harbour.