Revellers urged to plan ahead for Black Opal

ACT Policing is urging those attending Sunday’s Black Opal Stakes Day at Thoroughbred Park to plan ahead.

ACT Policing will have a high-visibility presence at Thoroughbred Park and around the venue, as well as a strong presence in and around Civic and other licensed venues as revellers continue their celebrations.

Removing all impaired drivers off ACT roads remains a strong focus for ACT Policing with police conducting targeted and random breath and drug testing across Canberra on Sunday. 

Operation Commander Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson is encouraging people to enjoy the day, but not at the expense of others.

“We want the Canberra public to have a great time on Black Opal Stakes Day,” A/Superintendent Anderson said.

“We also want those who drink to do so responsibly, plan ahead, organise a lift home and be aware of how your behaviour may impact on the safety of others.

“For those who choose to take the risk, they must be prepared to face the consequences associated with drinking and driving or taking illicit drugs and driving.”

ACTION buses will be operating on the day, with routes servicing Thoroughbred Park regularly. A free City shuttle will depart Thoroughbred Park approximately every 20 minutes between 5pm and 7.30pm.