There will be additional highway patrol cars out and about on the Coffs Coast in the lead up to, during and after this weekend's Coates Hire Rally Australia.
There will be additional highway patrol cars out and about on the Coffs Coast in the lead up to, during and after this weekend's Coates Hire Rally Australia. Rob Wright

Police urge Rally fans to stay safe on the road

POLICE are urging rally fans at this year's Coates Hire Rally Australia to take care on the roads and allow plenty of travel time.

A high-visibility policing operation will be in place on the Coffs Coast, for the 10th leg of the FIA World Rally Championship being held from Thursday to Sunday.

General Duties officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command and across Northern Region, and specialist officers from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Licensing Police, and will focus on road safety and anti-social and criminal behaviour.

Coffs/Clarence Local Area Commander, Superintendent Mark Holahan, urged motorists making their way to the Coffs Coast for the event to drive to the conditions and focus on good driver behaviours.

"There is no excuse for speeding, drink-driving, not wearing a seatbelt, driving tired or not paying attention and we will be targeting those law-breaking motorists who put not only themselves but other innocent road users at risk," Supt Holahan said.

"We will have additional highway patrol cars out and about in the lead up to, during and after the rally to make sure the rally driving is left to the professionals on the track.

"There will be changes to traffic conditions due to road closures, and we remind motorists to plan their trip in advance and expect delays."

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"Our other focus over the four-day event is ensuring the safety and security of competitors, spectators and enthusiasts, while minimising the impact of the event of the community," Supt Holahan said.

"We have been working closely with Rally Australia, private security, local government and other agencies to make sure the 2014 event is enjoyable for everyone.

"We will be maintaining a highly-visible presence in Coffs Harbour and surrounding towns and anyone caught causing trouble or breaking the law will be dealt with accordingly."