Stay safe on roads, urge police

THE Clarence Valley has managed to stay fatality-free over the Christmas period but police are urging motorists to remain vigilant and safe for the remainder of the festive season.

Eleven days into Operation Safe Arrival, local police have conducted more than 2700 breath tests, issued 260 speeding fines, issued more than 160 infringements for other traffic violations and charged 17 motorists with drink-driving offences.

Coffs-Clarence local area command Sergeant Dallas Leven is urging all motorists to drive to the conditions, especially in the wet weather.

“It is pleasing to see that we haven’t had any serious or fatal accidents during the holiday season so far,” he said.

“It is disappointing however to see the number of motorists caught drink-driving and speeding in the Clarence Valley area,” he said.

“I would urge people to drive to the conditions for the remainder of the holiday season to keep it fatality-free,” Sergeant Leven said.

Minister for Police Michael Daley said more than 26,272 motorists had been caught breaking the law on our roads over the first two weeks of Operation Safe Arrival in NSW alone.

“Frankly these results are extremely disappointing especially with the holiday period sitting at 17 following yesterday’s (Monday’s) tragic loss of three lives on the Princes Highway,” he said.

“Speed, alcohol and fatigue are the top three killers – they always have been – and the real tragedy is that each one of these is avoidable.

“The thought of people dying on our roads over the holiday period sickens us all, which is why I’m urging drivers to slow down, wear their seat belt, take a break and not to drink and drive over the remaining five days of Operation Safe Arrival,” Mr Daley said.

Motorists are reminded there are extra police on the roads and speeding and seat belt offences will incur double demerit points until Sunday.

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