Don't cross highway cops
POLICE have deployed extra manpower to the North Coast region in a bid to put the brakes on an escalating road toll.
The month-long blitz, titled Operation Cross, will focus on speeding; drink-driving, fatigue and seatbelt and mobile phone offences.
Sergeant Dallas Leven of Grafton highway patrol said specialist traffic police from Sydney and other commands in the Northern Region had been tasked to enforce Operation Cross.
“The focus is to reduce the road toll and the number of serious accidents in the area,” Sgt Leven said.
He said motorists who broke the law would be caught.
“We urge motorists to drive to the conditions, stick to the speed limit, take regular breaks and make alternate arrangements if they plan to drink any alcohol,” he said.
Clarence Valley motorists can expect to see an increased police presence in the Coffs Clarence command on the Pacific Highway, Summerland Way, Orara Way, the Gwydir and Oxley highways and on Waterfall Way.
Coffs Clarence roads have claimed 18 lives so far this year, 11 more than in the same period last year.
In recent days police detected the following offences on local roads:
Five drink-driving offences including one high-range PCA and one mid-range PCA; 127 speeding offences and 10 seatbelt offences.
Acting Northern Region Traffic Co-ordinator, Acting Snr Sgt Jodie Hamilton, said the reasons for the operation were clear for all to see.
“These risks, such as speeding, not wearing seatbelts, driving when tired, inattention and alcohol use are resulting in serious collisions, and sometimes unfortunately, someone’s death,” she said.
“In the past few days alone, police have caught a large number of motorists endangering themselves and others by drink-driving or speeding.”
“We will be out in force on roads throughout the Mid North Coast and Coffs/Clarence Local area commands.
“Our message is clear – if you act up behind the wheel, you will be caught.”