ACT Policing will scale up its traffic enforcement activity throughout the Civic, Braddon and northern Canberra suburbs with the arrival of tens of thousands of visitors for the annual Summernats car festival over the next few days.
Police have been liaising with Summernats organisers in the lead-up to the annual event to create an effective working relationship and deliver safe outcomes for Canberrans and visitors.
Operational Commander for the event, Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson, said that working with the organisers over many years has given police a strong understanding of when and where issues are likely to occur, and how best to support the event security staff.
“We have a lengthy and established working relationship with the event organisers. We also have a police front office at EPIC and our officers will be visible and patrolling inside the event venue,” Acting Superintendent Anderson said. “We have full confidence in the event security staff to handle issues which arise but will certainly have resources on standby to assist if required.”
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Patrolling in and around the Watson and Mitchell areas will be a key focus for police, with strict enforcement of the alcohol free zones in these locations and the 40km/h speed limit on the posted areas of Flemington Road near EPIC. In Watson, Stirling Avenue will also be closed between Northbourne Ave and Aspinall Street.
“We support Summernats and want to see everyone have a great time, but we won’t condone anti-social behaviour and flagrant breaches of the law,” Acting Superintendent Anderson said.