19 June 2020

Police gear up for Summernats

| My Gungahlin
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As motoring enthusiasts roll into Canberra for Summernats 2017 at Exhibition Park in Mitchell, ACT Policing is gearing up to patrol the event.

ACT Policing will provide a high-visibility police presence during the event both inside Exhibition Park and nearby areas and entertainment precincts, targeting dangerous driving and anti-social behaviour.

The four-day event begins on Thursday January 5 in Canberra with large crowds expected to attend.

ACT Policing Traffic Operations Acting Superintendent Susan Ball said crowds in recent years had been well behaved.

“We expect to see the same well behaved crowds as the past few years, making it a fun and safe event for everyone,” A/Superintendent Ball said.

“We’re not here to stop anyone from having a good time, but we will be working with the event organisers to make sure it’s a safe event for everyone.”

“Police will target anti-social behaviour and dangerous driving such as speeding, impaired driving and burnouts in and around the venue. While exemptions exist for unregistered vehicles within the venue, dangerous driving will not be tolerated outside the designated show areas.”

“Common sense still applies within the event – if you’re driving on a road lined with spectators, families and children, drive as safely as possible.”

ACT Policing’s Road Safety Operations Team will again be conducting random roadside testing for alcohol and illicit drugs along with targeting burnouts and reckless driving on the streets of Canberra. Under ACT legislation, police have the power to immediately seize and impound vehicles for offences such as burnouts, menacing driving or street racing on public roadways.

“We know that when people come to Summernats they often also enjoy many of the entertainment venues that Canberra has to offer. Our Regional Targeting Team will be out patrolling these areas to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time out in Canberra across the weekend.”

“Have fun, stay safe and respect others and law during Summernats 2017.”

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