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Long weekend motorists reasonably well behaved

The Coffs/Clarence Police District has reported overall pleasing results in relation to compliance by motorists following the long weekend double demerit period.

Between October 2-5, there were two seatbelt infringements recorded, five drivers caught using their mobile phones, three alcohol related infringements and 134 speeding offences.

However, the long weekend proved a costly lesson for a 17-year-old driver.

Around 10am on October 4, police from the Coffs/Clarence Highway Patrol detected a northbound vehicle travelling at 151km/h in a 110km/h speed zone at Dirty Creek on the Pacific Highway, south of Grafton.

The Ford Laser was subsequently stopped, and the male driver was found to be the holder of a P1 provisional driver’s licence which restricts him to 90km/h.

The driver was issued with an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h, fined $2520 and lost 12 demerit points.

The teenager also had his licence confiscated and he was immediately suspended from driving for six months.

Despite the end of the double demerit period, motorists are being strongly urged to comply with the road rules to ensure their safety and the safety of other road users.