Record number of drink-drivers

THE Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour area has recorded the highest number of drink-drivers in the northern region during Operation Safe Arrival.

The two-week blitz aimed at keeping our roads safe over the festive season has returned some disappointing results for Coffs-Clarence local area command Sergeant Dallas Leven.

“We are pleased in that we have remained fatality-free but we are disappointed that some people chose not to heed the warnings that were given and chose to get behind the wheel after drinking, or speed, throughout the Clarence Valley,” he said.

Police conducted more than 4400 random breath tests resulting in 39 drivers being charged with PCA offences, more than any other region in Australia.

“These are not figures that we are proud of and it is a disappointing result, but it shows police were out there,” Sergeant Leven said.

Drink-driving was not the only contributing factor to road incidents with 66 other traffic-related charges placed, 377 speeding fines issued, 250 other traffic-related fines laid and 11 people caught not wearing a seat belt.

Operation North Roads was launched this week to continue to drive the same message home to motorists.

Sgt Leven said high police numbers were out on the roads to combat speeding, alcohol-related offences, fatigue and those not wearing their seat belts during the remainder of the holiday period.



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