Zero road deaths the ultimate Easter gift
A MASSIVE police blitz on the north coast has achieved a zero road toll over the Easter long weekend, despite many motorists caught speeding or drink driving.
Between Good Friday and Easter Monday, 1335 drivers were caught speeding, 78 drink driving and 28 people injured in 78 major crashes.
Among those caught speeding was a 30-year-old Bella Vista man who is alleged to have been travelling almost double the speed limit on the Pacific Hwy through Coffs Harbour.
A police spokesman said while it was disappointing many motorists were not getting the road safety message, it was positive no fatalities were recorded on north coast roads.
Pubs and clubs across the Coffs Coast meanwhile enjoyed strong numbers to celebrate the long weekend.
Plantation Hotel general manager Daniel Knox said the venue "got a fair chunk of the crowd" on Saturday, with about 800 patrons partying at the bar and nightclub.
He said the crowds were well-behaved and enjoyed the weekend's festivities responsibly.
"We had no issues inside the venue. It was good people are starting to pull their heads in a bit," MrKnox said.
North Coast Hotel group co-owner Harry Barry said the Hoey Moey was the place to be on Sunday night, with numbers sitting at about 800 people.
Mr Barry said the long weekend trade was strong across the group's pubs, from Woolgoolga to Coffs Harbour.
"It's been busy since Thursday - it looks like most people decided to stay local," he said.
"We also had visitors from Brisbane and Sydney come through. There was plenty of people around."