Highway patrol nabs speedsters

By EMMA CORNFORD

POLICE issued tickets for speeding as well as booking drunk drivers in the latest round of Operation Drink Drive Lower River.

The operation, which ran from Thursday until Saturday night around Yamba, caught seven drink-drivers.

The highest reading was provided by 45-year-old Yamba man, 0.150.

Although numbers were down compared with previous drink-drive operations, acting Grafton Highway Patrol sergeant Brett Loveday said speeding had become cause for concern.

"When we were down there we picked up four P-plate licence holders who were doing more than 45kmh over the speed limit," he said.

"Over 45 (kmh over the limit) speeds are fairly uncommon these days, so to get four or five of them is a real concern, especially because it's mainly the younger people who are doing it."

Senior Constable Loveday said most of the speeding drivers had been caught near the Oyster Channel bridge.

In the 60kmh zone, drivers were clocked doing between 107kmh and 154kmh. Police also engaged in a short pursuit early on Friday morning, which resulted in a 21-year-old, unlicensed Ilarwil man being charged with low range PCA and speeding. On the Pacific Highway, officers picked up two more P-platers for speeding.

One was clocked at 142kmh, the other at 154kmh.

Senior Constable Loveday said drink-driving operations in the Lower River would continue.

"We hadn't been downriver for a while so seven PCAs is down ... but we picked up some really high speeds out there and a lot of people who didn't have valid driving licences as well," Senior Constable Loveday said.

"We'll continue to go down there on a regular basis until the end of the year."



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