As Christmas time approaches, police are making sure everyone has the chance to enjoy the celebrations in peace and safety.
One of the operations being conducted by the police include Operation safe Arrival, Stop it...or cop it, combined with an increased police presence in licensed premises across the MIA.
Inspector Wayne McLaughlan from Griffith LAC said the effort will prevent patrons suffering from the bad behaviour of others.
“Over the weekend police conducted a large high profile operation in around a licensed premises within the LAC in the area this operation targeted offensive behaviour, licensing and offences within licensed premises,” Inspector McLaughlin said.
He said as a result, numerous infringement notices were issued across the MIA for people failing to leave licensed premises and exhibiting offensive behaviour.
“Police are advising that in the lead up to Christmas and New years celebrations that unsociable behaviour and failing to comply with request to leave will be dealt with to the full extent of the law.”
You will cop the hefty fine of $550 is you fail to leave the premises when requested.
With tragedies already occurring on our roads, Operation Safe Arrival will be targeting road users to make sure these accidents are prevented.
Minister for Police Troy Grant said motorists are continuing to take risks, regardless of some of the longest and most intense high-visibility police operations NSW has ever seen.
“There will be more police tackling risky behaviour on our roads this Christmas as part of Operation Safe Arrival and the message to motorists is clear - you’re responsible for your own actions, you can either Stop it…Or cop it,” Mr Grant said.
Currently in Day Three, across the state there have been a total of 2045 infringements issued, with 1742 for speed, 42223 breath tests conducted, 50 drink driving charges laid.
The increased presence hopes to stop the ever climbing number of crashes and lives lost in the region.
One Griffith resident has already lost his life on our roads, contributing to the four lives lost across the state, with car crash statistics climbing from 80 since Saturday.
In the lead up to Christmas and New Year's celebrations that unsociable behaviour and failing to comply with request to leave licensed premises will be dealt with to the full extent of the law.- Inspector Wayne McLaughlan
The NSW Government are also on board with safety concerns, with their campaign Stop it… or Cop it.
Member for Murray Austin Evans is today urging motorists to re-think their on-road behavior with the launch of the NSW Government’s latest enforcement campaign: Stop it…Or cop it.
Designed to deter motorists from taking risks and encourage them to take greater responsibility for their on-road behaviour, the new campaign comes as the State’s largest high visibility road safety Police Operation: Safe Arrival, is underway.
“At a time when most of us look forward to enjoying time with friends and family, we need to prioritise safety, be vigilant, follow the road rules and drive to the conditions,” Mr Evans said.
“While we don’t want to have to charge people, if you choose to put yourself or others at risk by breaking the road rules or being reckless, you will face the penalties.”
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey said people across NSW should enjoy the holidays but urged both drivers and passengers to play their part in making sure everyone has a ‘Safe Arrival’ at their destination.
“The silly season isn’t an excuse to be silly. If you’re too tired to drive, stop and have a nap, share the driving, make sure you have a Plan B and always wear a seatbelt – it could save your life,” Mrs Pavey said.
Operation Safe Arrival will run through until Monday 1 January 2018 (inclusive).
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