Drink drivers ignore police blitz

YOU’D think the massive Coffs Cup police blitz would have struck fear into anyone with a mind to running the gauntlet.

Wrong.

Police caught 18 brazen drink-drivers from 774 random breath tests conducted throughout Coffs Harbour on Thursday.

It’s a shocking figure which has infuriated local highway patrol officers not only due to the dangers these drivers posed to other motorists but because everyone knew our roads would be packed with police cars.

“I think it’s a disgrace by the local community that 18 drink-drivers would be arrested during the afternoon and evening of the Coffs Cup,” Sergeant Brett Jackson said.

“We also laid a further 11 traffic charges, charged one person with an outstanding arrest warrant and issued 32 infringement notices.”

On another front, police have praised the behaviour of the crowd at the racetrack, with some notable exceptions.

“The racegoers were well behaved as far as we were concerned, but there were 15 people ejected towards the latter part of the race meeting for minor alcohol issues,” Sergeant Craig Enchelmaier said.

“The high police and security presence ensured a smooth running of the day for all concerned.

“There were no major issues in relation to the CBD overnight due to the higher-than-usual police presence on the roads and on the street. However, we detained a number of people for being intoxicated and issued infringement notices for offensive behaviour and offensive conduct.”

A WEARY, but elated, Coffs Harbour Racing Club CEO Russ Atkinson said yesterday he was “very pleased” with cup day.

“We had a crowd of about 8500, similar to last year. The crowd behaviour was terrific,” Mr Atkinson said.

“The weather once again comes into play in making it such a wonderful day and the business community is really getting behind it.”



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