PARENT SPEED TRAPS
By JURIS GRANEY
PACEY parents flaunting local speed limits are among some of the worst offenders in the Clarence Valley, according to Grafton Police chief inspector Darren Spooner.
A one-hour operation in the sleepy hollow of Wooloweyah on Thursday netted seven speeding drivers, some of them mothers with children on their way to school and some doing up to 20kmh over the local 50kmh speed limit.
Insp Spooner said it was ironic that only one of those speeding drivers caught was not from the area.
"The irony is that most of the driving complaints in these areas come from local residents," he said.
"When we target those areas we find the main offenders are the local residents.
"People get too comfortable in their own backyard and this type of behaviour is not just isolated to Wooloweyah.
"It is sad to think that some of those speeding are parents and some with kids in the car."
Insp Spooner said police would crack down on lead-foot motorists leading up to the busy Christmas holiday period.
He said people thinking that it was okay to break speed limits along back roads, without care for themselves or other motorists, should think again.
"Don't think that we only target major thoroughfares and the highway, we also continually patrol back roads, villages and hamlets in the Valley," he said.
"Areas such as Lawrence, Coutts Crossing, Nymboida, Southgate, Harwood, Brushgrove, Tucabia, Tyndale, Pillar Valley and Angourie should not be considered immune from our attention.
"The message is slow down, wear your seat belts and if you intend to imbibe, take advantage of the courtesy buses supplied by the hosts of most Valley licensed premises."
A host of ongoing operations such as Northroads, Nightsafe, and Drinkdrive will be complemented by Operation Slowdown, which starts on September 29 running until October 3 targeting speeding, drink driving and safety related offences like fatigue and seat belts.