Police ready for blitz on silly drivers
By ADRIAN MILLER
POLICE look forward to a safe Christmas-New Year but are nearly always left disappointed.
While motorists are out in force on the roads keen to reach their destination, police attempt to ensure a safe journey.
Once again they are armed with the power of the double demerit points system which can pluck licences from repeat traffic offenders.
The double demerit penalties will apply to speeding and seat belt offences, from Christmas eve until Monday, January 3.
Senior Constable Bret Loveday, of the Grafton highway patrol, said: "Drive to the conditions. Of late we've been having variable weather, so drivers need to allow for that. Don't get impatient, drive to the speed limits, wear seat belts and don't drink and drive."
He said the blitz would not be confined to the main roads and highways ? motorists in smaller towns also would be targetted.
"We will be targetting the main infringements, like we always do, such as speeding, drink-driving, people not wearing their seat belts and driver fatigue," he said.
"Along with local highway patrol police we've got assistance from police from Sydney and they make up motorbike patrols, unmarked police cars and ordinary marked cars," he said.
"They'll be patrolling on North Coast roads and they will augment our vehicles and give us an opportunity to target local spots like Yamba, Wooli and Minnie Water over Christmas-New Year."