Don’t be disrespectful this Anzac Day
WITH Anzac Day this coming Monday, it's a good time to be reminded how not to be a fool on the public holiday.
NSW Police are of course urging members of the public to commemorate Anzac Day in a spirit of mateship and reverence, and without anti-social, dangerous or criminal behaviour associated with drinking too much alcohol.
Operation Blueridge, a high-visibility policing strategy, will be in place on Anzac Day to ensure the safety of the large crowds expected at events across the state.
The operation will begin at 3am on Monday, and continue until Anzac Day festivities have concluded safely.
It will involve general duties police from local area commands, who will be assisted by officers from a range of specialist units, including the Traffic and Highway Patrol, PolAir, Mounted Police, Dog Unit, Licensing, and the Public Order Riot Squad.
Operation Blueridge Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Kyle Stewart, said "Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance that demands respectful commemoration by all".
"Given the importance of the day for Australians, we have been working closely with event organisers to ensure Anzac Day is enjoyable for everyone attending, particularly for our returned servicemen and women, their families and for the many communities that hold commemorative events.
"A particular focus of Operation Blueridge will be ensuring everyone in NSW can commemorate Anzac Day without fear of being troubled by drunken or violent behaviour.
"As this year's Anzac Day falls on a Monday and creates a long weekend, we are anticipating some celebrations will stretch over the entire three-day weekend.
"By all means, raise a glass in memory of our fallen servicemen and women, but we also ask that you know your limits, drink responsibly and behave sensibly.
"Alcohol-fuelled violence and other anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated under any circumstances, and police will move swiftly to deal with anyone who is drinking to excess and causing trouble for others."
Don't drink and drive
"If you plan to drink, leave your car at home, organise a designated driver, hail a taxi or catch public transport," he said.
It will be a busy weekend on the roads; the long weekend coincides with the end of the school holidays.
"So please take it easy as you travel to and from Anzac Day celebrations, or as you make your way home from your holiday."
Double demerits will be in place from today until Monday for a range of driving offences, including speeding, illegal use of mobile phones, not wearing a seatbelt, and riding a motorcycle without a helmet.
Other things to remember:
- Respect the rules of 2 Up
- Honour any moments of silence by keeping silent
- If you are commemorating the day at a licenced venue, remember to abide by the patron rules
For further event information, visit http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au/events.