Police share their thoughts on Summernats

By 2 January, 2014 8

ACT Policing is urging the public not to tarnish the responsible behaviour seen over the New Year’s period during the Summernats car festival.

As the four-day event kicks off at Exhibition Park in Canberra, police are maintaining a high-profile police presence within the event, in the surrounding suburbs and across the ACT.

The Operational Commander for the event, Station Sergeant Rod Anderson, said crowds should enjoy the event but police will be on the look-out for irresponsible behaviour.

“We will be providing around-the-clock patrols, monitoring drink-driving, burnouts, speeding and other anti-social behaviour,” Station Sergeant Anderson said.

The Summernats 27 events have already started well, with a trouble-free City Cruise which saw approximately 150 high performance vehicles drive down Northbourne Avenue this afternoon (January 2). Police estimate there was a crowd of about 20,000 lining Northbourne Avenue during the event.

Unfortunately, police yesterday (January 1) seized one high-performance vehicle for a period of three months after the 24-year-old male driver from Gowrie was caught conducting burnouts on Cooyong Street, Civic.

“Police, along with the ACT community, will not tolerate burnouts, especially in a public place like Cooyong Street. It is extremely dangerous. Not only is there a real risk of seriously injuring someone or yourself, police will catch you and you will lose your vehicle for three months,” Station Sergeant Anderson said.

Sergeant Anderson also paid tribute to the effective working relationship between ACT Policing and event organisers.

“Police will be supporting event security staff when evictions are necessary, and will have a high-police presence at hotspots such as Lonsdale Street in Braddon, amongst other spots across the ACT,” Station Sergeant Anderson said.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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8 Responses to Police share their thoughts on Summernats
#1
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd8:49 am, 04 Jan 14

Funny they ask not to tarnish “it’s good name” yet they know exactly what is going to happen and are preparing for that. Who exactly is getting a kick back for this release to be worded in such a way?

#2
Tooks10:56 am, 04 Jan 14

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Funny they ask not to tarnish “it’s good name” yet they know exactly what is going to happen and are preparing for that. Who exactly is getting a kick back for this release to be worded in such a way?

Nowhere does it say what you quoted.

#3
Mickeyp11:08 am, 04 Jan 14

How are burnouts anti social lol?

#4
Deref11:51 am, 04 Jan 14

Mickeyp said :

How are burnouts anti social lol?

Yeah. But I mean apart from the noise, pollution and danger to traffic and pedestrians how are they antisocial?

#5
Llex6:59 pm, 04 Jan 14

Mickeyp said :

How are burnouts anti social lol?

Please give us your rego number so everyone else here can keep a look out to avoid you.

#6
IrishPete8:14 pm, 04 Jan 14

Deref said :

Mickeyp said :

How are burnouts anti social lol?

Yeah. But I mean apart from the noise, pollution and danger to traffic and pedestrians how are they antisocial?

And when they leave bits of tyre behind (including the wire sometimes) they are littering and a traffic hazard.

IP

#7
magiccar910:54 pm, 04 Jan 14

A quick note to the Summernats police patrols… Canberrans are seeing the hoons in other areas than just the suburbs around EPIC.

Could you throw a patrol down south around Tuggeranong and you may well catch people doing burnouts, such as the ones that have been done for the last 3 consecutive nights in my suburb.

#8
Tooks8:21 am, 05 Jan 14

magiccar9 said :

A quick note to the Summernats police patrols… Canberrans are seeing the hoons in other areas than just the suburbs around EPIC.

Could you throw a patrol down south around Tuggeranong and you may well catch people doing burnouts, such as the ones that have been done for the last 3 consecutive nights in my suburb.

The Summernats aren’t in Tuggeranong so “Summernats police patrols” aren’t likely to head that far south.

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