Stay Alert for Queen's Birthday Weekend

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Stay Alert for Queen's Birthday Weekend

Everyone who gets behind the wheel of a car this long weekend is being warned that they will be targeted if they do the wrong thing.

As part of 'Operation Stay Alert', Coffs Clarence Police District will be targeting the dangers of speeding, alcohol and drug driving, and fatigue.  Along with non-wearing of occupant restraints & helmets, and distractions such as mobile phones, that cause motor vehicle crashes.

Additional Traffic & Highway Patrol units will be in the district over the Queen's Birthday long weekend.

Operation Stay Alert will commence at midnight Thursday night (00:01am Friday 6 June 2018) and will conclude at midnight Monday night (11:59pm Monday 11 June 2018) and is supported with double demerit points.

Coffs Clarence Police District Road Policing spokesperson, Detective Inspector Darren Jameson is encouraging drivers to be safe on the roads.

"With double demerit points, extra traffic police, and our continued focused on road safety, the long weekend is not a good time to break the road rules and place yourselves and other road users at risk", Det Insp Jameson said.

Detective Inspector Jameson said that a strong focus will be placed on personal responsibility.

"Our messages remain clear; don’t speed, take breaks, and don’t use your mobile phones whilst driving. Make sure you buckle up, and if you drink, don’t drive", he said.

Drug Driving will also be a strong focus following more police now trained in using the 'drug driving' testing equipment.

"Use the long week as a starting point to say, if I’m silly enough to use drugs, then I wont drive", Detective Inspector Jameson said.