MID North Coast Police are urging road users to slow down after a number of separate incidents where drivers were caught over the speed limit.
At about 1.30pm on Thursday August 27, Mid North Coast Traffic and Highway Patrol officers were conducting stationary speed enforcement on Collombatti Rd at Frederickton, when they noticed a Ford Territory travelling at approximately 101kph in a sign-posted 50kph zone.
Police attempted to stop the vehicle before it sped away; officers activated their warning lights, with the Ford allegedly travelling at approximately 125kph.
The vehicle stopped and police spoke with the driver.
He was issued with a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) for exceed speed limit over 45kph, fined $2520 and six demerit points. His licence was also suspended.
Officers continued stationary speed enforcement on that same road and caught another 10 motorists travelling above the sign-posted 50kph limit in a 90-minute period.
Other incidents across the region include:
- About 8pm on Monday September 7 2020, officers attached to Coffs/Clarence Traffic and Highway Patrol were conducting stationary speed enforcement northbound on the Pacific Highway at Urunga, when they noticed a gold Mitsubishi Verada travelling at approximately 175kph in a sign-posted 110kph zone. Police stopped the vehicle and spoke with the 32-year-old male driver. The P1 licence holder was issued with a PIN for exceed speed limit over 45kph, fined $2520 and six demerit points. His licence was also suspended.
- About 5.30pm on Saturday September 5, Grafton Traffic and Highway Patrol officers were conducting patrols of Iluka Rd when they noticed a blue Toyota Corolla travelling at approximately 152kph in a sign-posted 100kph zone. The P2 licenced driver - a 19-year-old woman - was issued with a PIN for exceed speed limit over 45kph, fined $2520 and six demerit points. She was also issued a Traffic Infringement Notice for not display p-plate and her licence was suspended.
Coffs-Mid Coast Traffic Inspector, Peter McMenamin, said this sort of behaviour is not only reckless but potentially deadly.
"To date in the Coffs/Clarence and Mid North Coast Police Districts, 13 people have lost their lives in 2020 - while less people have been moving around the State due to the pandemic, traffic in Northern NSW will only increase as the weather warms up," he said.
"You may have driven these roads for years, but that is no excuse - drivers forget that they are in control of a high-powered machine which can be deadly.
"Always drive to the conditions and within your limits, never have distractions around you, and never drive tired or impaired. School holidays are just around the corner, we need to drive to survive - do not race to your destination, it will still be there when you arrive," Insp McMenamin said.