Police unite to curb drunks and thuggery
Friday, 10th September, 2010
Local police will take part in an Australasia crackdown on drunken violence this weekend.
They will join with police from cities and towns in every Australian state and territory, and across New Zealand, for Operation Unite.
The operation targets alcohol misuse, violence and anti-social behaviour, as well as unsafe road usage.
Local police Sergeant Greg McMahon said police were not wowsers but wanted people to enjoy a social occasion sensibly.
"Have a good time but do it responsibly. That's always the message, not just this weekend."
The operation begins at 6pm today with police patrolling licensed venues, conducting random breath tests, drink driving and seat belt offences, and will wind up on Sunday morning.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said alcohol was a factor in more than 70 per cent of street-related crime incidents that NSW police respond to.
Sergeant McMahon said when people drank too much, too often it ended badly.
"Accidents in a car or a drunken brawl where people can get assaulted ... and it often continues when they get home with domestic related violence."
He gave these simple warnings.
"Drink responsibly, don't drink and drive, drink lower alcohol drinks or mix them with soft drinks or water, take a designated driver or organise a taxi."