MID North Coast Police have issued 85 infringement notices for breaches of Public Health Orders since the start of Operation Stay at Home on August 16.
These have included 46 PINs for not wearing a face mask; 38 PINs for not complying with public health order directions and one notice for failing to comply with electronic registration directive.
Four court attendance notices have been issued along with 16 warnings including seven juveniles under the Young Offenders Act.
Despite the vast majority of people abiding by the rules, the small number of individuals who aren't doing the right thing put the rest of the community at risk, a police spokesperson said.
"It is vital we limit movement in regional areas as much as we can. This is about protecting our communities across NSW and ensuring we stop any further spread of the Delta variant."
The vehicle contained three occupants and police will allege their association was contrary to the current Public Health Orders.
The driver, a 28-year-old Port Macquarie man, was subjected to a roadside drug test which returned a positive reading.
He was taken to Port Macquarie Police Station for a secondary test that was sent off for analysis. He was issued with a 24 hour direction to not drive.
The man was also issued with a court attendance notice for the offences of driving a motor vehicle while disqualified and failing to comply with the requirements of the COVID Public Health Orders.
He will appear at Port Macquarie Local Court on September 29.
Following a search of the vehicle, police allege they located an expandable baton.
One of the passengers, a 30-year-old Port Macquarie man, was issued with a court attendance notice for possessing or using a prohibited weapon without a permit and not complying with COVID Public Health Orders.
He will appear in Port Macquarie Local Court on October 6.
The third occupant, a 26-year-old Port Macquarie woman, was issued with an infringement notice for also failing to comply with Public Health Orders.
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