The Northern Star

Police angry safety message not sinking in

POLICE are frustrated the safe driving message is still not getting through to some drivers after 212 people were caught speeding and 13 nabbed for drink-driving in the Richmond Local Area Command over the long weekend.

Police conducted 2190 random breath tests and booked 117 people for speeding. The remaining speedsters were caught by speed cameras.

Seventy-five other tickets were issued for traffic offences in the Richmond LAC as part of Operation Stay Alert.

Lismore police Inspector David Driver said he was very disappointed by the number of high-range and mid-range PCAs detected over the Queen's Birthday long weekend.

Northern Region traffic co-ordinator, Sergeant Malcolm Read,  said that the number of drivers caught speeding during the operation was also worrying.

He said that in the Richmond and Tweed/Byron areas, more than 3000 motorists were breath-tested over the long weekend, with 42 drivers arrested for drink-driving.

"On Sunday, a 25-year-old man from Queensland was detected driving at 164km/h in a 110km/h zone on the Pacific Highway at Cudgera Creek," Sgt Read said.

"He was driving a Commodore station wagon and when he was stopped he was also breath-tested and recorded a middle-range reading of 0.145.

"A motorcyclist was also caught at Cudgera Creek on Saturday doing 170km/h. Another motorcyclist, a 25-year-old man from Coolangatta, was caught on Saturday doing 152km/h in a 100km/h zone on the new Tugun bypass. When he was stopped, police smelt alcohol on him and he recorded a reading of 0.085.

"On Friday, a 45-year-old man from Byron Bay returned an RBT reading of 0.185, almost four times the legal limit."

Sgt Read also voiced concern over the 10 drivers booked in the Richmond and Tweed/Byron areas for not wearing a seatbelt.

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