Police want everyone to be a winner on Melbourne Cup Day

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ACT Policing is hoping for a repeat of last year’s generally good behaviour in Canberra for Melbourne Cup Day (Tuesday, 5 November, 2019).

Police will have a high-visibility presence at the races, and other licensed premises around Canberra, and officers will be targeting antisocial behaviour in addition to drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs.

In 2018, just five people were detected driving under the influence of alcohol out of almost 1,800 tested, and Superintendent Corey Heldon is hoping for an even better result this year.

“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,” Superintendent Heldon said.

“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.”

“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.”

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