Police make a point or two with speed blitz

By LEIGH PRITCHARD

MOTORISTS in the Clarence Valley have been given the thumbs up by local police but that has not stopped hundreds being netted in Operation North Roads.

Senior Constable Bret Loveday said up until yesterday 2000 random breath tests had been conducted. Ten drivers had been charged with drinkdriving since the operation began on December 10.

"Anyone drink-driving is one too many," Senior Constable Loveday said.

He said Grafton police had issued 428 infringement notices, mainly for speeding offences between Halfway Creek and the Iluka turn-off on the Pacific Highway.

There had been an in- creased number of police on roads in the Clarence Valley, particularly the highway. More than six police officers had travelled from Sydney to assist during the busy holiday period.

In the days following Christmas, there had been very heavy traffic flow.

One speed camera had captured 57 speeding motorists at Dirty Creek Range on December 27 and speed-checked more than 9000 vehicles.

"I would say the results would be on par with last year," Senior Constable Loveday said.

Operation North Roads will finish on January 31.

The NSW Government has netted more than $660,000 in speeding fines in just four days.



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