Zero-tolerance approach on Australia Day

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph
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Pilbara police have warned there will be a zero-tolerance approach tomorrow during Australia Day celebrations.

Port Hedland acting officer in charge Sergeant Steve Clarke said there would be extra police patrolling Australia Day events to ensure safe and joyful celebrations for everyone in the community.

“We just want everyone to enjoy the day in a safe environment and we’re there to keep the community safe,” he said.

“We have officers who will be patrolling events such as the fireworks display at Kevin Scott Oval and they will be holding up the usual zero-tolerance to antisocial behaviour to the alcohol-free event.”

Sgt Clarke said there would also be extra attention on the spoilbank area in partnership with Town of Port Hedland rangers and the Department of Transport for monitoring boating behaviour.”

“If people are misbehaving and breaking the law they will receive on-the-spot fines from police,” he said.

“It’s about protecting the community and ensuring families can enjoy the events that have been put on.”

With double demerits applicable as of midnight last night until midnight on Sunday, local police will also be performing random breathalyser checks in Port and South Hedland over the long weekend to encourage responsible driving on roads.

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