Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

How Will You Get Home? It Is Time to Change Our Road Offence Statistics - They Are Dangerous

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

How Will You Get Home? It Is Time to Change Our Road Offence Statistics - They Are Dangerous

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Byline: Keagan Elder coffscoastadvocate.com.au

Worst drink-driving cities in NSW

Byron Bay (205)

Coffs Harbour (176)

Griffith (144)

Port Macquarie (144)

Goulburn (99)

Ballina (85)

Blacktown (83)

Orange (81)

Tweed Heads (79)

Worst speeding rates in NSW

Wilton (3066)

Mittagong (2256)

Mascot (2125)

Nabiac (1730)

Waterfall (1646)

Lawson (1545)

Cateract (1544)

Coffs Harbour (1531)

Bilpin (1471)

Eastern Creek (1463)

YOU may not think about it much but your actions on the road affect more than just yourself.

If you put yourself at risk by drink-driving or speeding, think of how your family, friends and those nearest to you will respond when they are told you were seriously injured - or worse - in a crash.

Beyond that, think of the emergency services and first responders who treat you at the scene of the crash.

Then, in the worst-case scenario, there are the funeral directors who witness the pain and grief of the family.

Keith Logue and Sons funeral directors Debbie and Ashley Logue said the emotions they felt when seeing that was hard to put into words.

Mr Logue said it simply wasn't worth drink-driving or speeding.

While Ms Logue, remembering one distraught mother of a victim killed on the road, said it was "all emotion".

"It affects so many people," she said.

It was revealed earlier this month that Coffs Harbour had the second-highest rate of drink-drivers charged and eighth-highest number of speeding offences in New South Wales.

In the last financial year, police laid 176 drink-driving charges in Coffs.

But Coffs Harbour Highway Patrol Sergeant Jarrod Langan said those statistics only counted charges processed at Coffs Harbour Police Station.

Sgt Langan said the true figure of charges processed at stations around the Local Government Area were high enough to claim the highest drink-driving rate in the state. …

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