Fifty-five drink drivers were caught on the roads over the long weekend in the state's north.
Fifty-five drink drivers were caught on the roads over the long weekend in the state's north.

Roads fatality free, but police kept busy over long weekend

THE roads remained fatality free across the Northern Region police commands over the long weekend.

Police said the examples of bad driving included a motorcyclist, 34, who had his number plates seized by police after he was caught riding at 118kmh in a 60kmh on Solitary Islands Way at Sapphire Beach on Saturday just after 5pm.

The man was issued an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit over 45km/h and his licence was suspended for six months.

Police also confiscated the number plates from his motorcycle for a period of three months.

On Friday, a Queensland man, 39, was clocked at 150kmh in a 100kmh speed zone on the Pacific Hwy at Tabbimobile at 2.40pm.

He was stopped issued with an infringement for driving 45kmh over the limit and had his driving privileges removed in New South Wales for six months.

Mid North Coast Cluster Highway Patrol Supervisor Sergeant Jarrod Langan said Operation Slowdown targetted speeding, seat belt and licensing offences and drink driving.

"Across the region there were a total of 101 speeding tickets issued and 106 infringement notices for other traffic offences," Srgt. Langan said.

"In the Northern region there were 102 crashes recorded, but fortunately the roads remained fatality free.

Srgt. Langan said in the north a total of 22,243 breath tests were performed and 55 drivers were charged with drink driving - 23 higher than the same operation last year, however police performed 6,400 more RBTs this year.


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