I have just noticed an unusual press release on the AFP website. In it the person who wrote it, and was presumably very bored, has decided that the AFP is the weather bureau and needs to tell us about the rainfall. Whilst it started off in context:
“Weâ€™re likely in for several daysâ€™ rain and the collisions have started to mount since it began falling overnight,” Traffic Operationsâ€™ Sergeant Jeff Knight said today.
It degraded into a weather report
ACT has recorded 465mm of rain for the first 10 months compared with 455mm for all of 2004.
Canberraâ€™s October rainfalls have totalled as little as 7mm in 2002 and as high as 72mm in 2003. So far Canberra has recorded 22mm in October alone this year.
The AFP also has the audacity to take an indirect swipe at the RiotACT bicycle bar crawl.
“It is also important while driving to the conditions to ensure all road users pay attention â€“ especially to the basic road rules such as not drinking and driving or riding,” Sgt Knight said.
They did eventually get to the point of the press release and say that a motorcyclist “allegedly” blew .195 in the rain.
I’m not quite sure why the AFP are the new BOM, but their press releases will need to be more regular if they are to maintain this new role.