Highway patrol and general duties officers are using every means possible to detect rogue drivers during Operation Safe Arrival.
Highway patrol and general duties officers are using every means possible to detect rogue drivers during Operation Safe Arrival. Trevor Veale

Speeding P-plater puts lives at risk on Pacific Highway

P-PLATE drivers have dominated the list of serious infringements in the past 24 hours as police take stock of day nine of Operation Safe Arrival.

As is customary, a rogue P-plate driver on the Coffs Coast had the dubious 'honour' of being included on the list of worst incidents from across the state.

At 3.45am on Sunday, an off-duty police officer noticed a P1-marked vehicle driving at excessive speed on the Pacific Highway at Pine Creek.

He notified on-duty police, who stopped the 19-year-old female driver, carrying two female passengers.

The driver was issued with an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h and her licence was suspended.

NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said people are still breaking the rules and putting lives at risk on the roads, increasing the chances of adding to the road toll of nine deaths for the holiday period.

"The fact that we have so many Provisional drivers breaking the road rules is simply reckless and irresponsible," he said.

"Owning a driver's licence is a privilege, not a right.

"Learner and Provisional drivers should remember they may lose that privilege very easily and get hit with a hefty fine if they decide not to abide by the rules."

During day nine of Operation Safe Arrival, police issued 2221 infringement notices including 127 for seatbelt offences, 909 for speeding and 15 people were charged for drink driving.

Double demerits are being enforced during the operation and will remain in place until Wednesday 1 January 2014, for speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences.


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