Police crackdown on drink driving this Melbourne Cup

Dominic Giannini 5 November 2019

If you’re enjoying wines, steins and equines, don’t drink and drive is the message from police this Melbourne Cup. Photo: ACT Policing.

ACT Policing is warning Canberra about bad behaviour during this year’s Melbourne Cup, hoping for a repeat of last year’s generally good conduct by Canberrans.

Last year only five drivers out of 1,800 tested were charged with drink driving, but Superintendent Corey Heldon from ACT Policing is aiming to get this down to zero.

“We see that as a real positive for us, that means that people are thinking how to get to and from the venues, and they’re thinking about safe ways to get home and that’s a good message for all of us,” Superintendent Heldon says.

“We know many people in Canberra want to have fun on Melbourne Cup Day, and we want them to enjoy themselves safely. We are not the fun police. All we ask is that if you drink, then drink responsibly,”

She also says that with the multitude of transport options available, people should consider using methods other than driving when getting to and from popular destinations.

“With a little forethought, everyone can come out in front in the safety stakes. Plan ahead. If you’re going to drink, then don’t drive. There are plenty of public transport options including buses and light rail services from Thoroughbred Park.”

If you’re enjoying wines, steins and equines then don’t drive is the message being hoofed by police.

ACT Policing will be sticking to their “anytime, anywhere” protocol when it comes to random alcohol and drug testing on the roads, while Superintendent Heldon says there will be a visible police presence not only on the roads and at Thoroughbred Park, but also around Civic, and popular pubs and clubs.

“There will be police in many locations across Canberra conducting both targeted and random breath tests on drivers, so don’t gamble with your safety after the races. If you take the risk of driving under the influence, you will get caught,” Superintendent Heldon says.

“Plan ahead and have a great time.”

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