THE Coffs-Clarence ranks second highest in the state for drink-driving, with more than 650 drink-drivers detected in the region since July 1 last year.
Coffs-Clarence Traffic Patrol spokesman Acting Senior Sergeant Brett Jackson said the high rate of drink-driving had prompted local police to step up random breath testing.
"We've detected 651 drink-drivers, just in the Coffs-Clarence area up to the end of last month," he told ABC North Coast radio.
"So that was from the first of July last year to the end of April.
"Comparisons with Sydney City LAC for the same time, that's The Rocks and the city there in George St in the middle of Sydney, is 191, Kings Cross is 184.
"So 651 is quite a significant number."
For the past couple of weeks police have undertaken morning checks, on top of those typically done later in the day.
"It's quite common that we do detect at least one drink-driver every couple of mornings and it usually is the case where they had the big night the night before and they believed they were right to drive to work," he said.
"That's the scary part also, that they were actually going to go to work while still intoxicated."
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