Police in full force for Coffs Cup
COFFS Harbour police have called in extra resources to help during the Carlton MID Coffs Harbour Gold Cup.
Coffs-Clarence Crime Manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson encouraged people to have a good day but take care not to over-do it.
With a record crowd expected, Insp. Jameson said 30 extra police officers would be at the track and in town.
"Police will be assisted by the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command with large numbers of officers targeting drug and drink drivers," he said.
"We will also be policing licensed premises to reduce the impact of alcohol-related crime on the community.
"If you fail to leave a premises when asked that will attract an on the spot $550 fine - no questions asked."
During last year's operation 20 drink drivers were nabbed by police during and after the event.
Insp. Jameson said he encouraged those drinking to take public transport or arrange a plan B.
"I'd ask people to enjoy the day but if you're thinking about going over the line be aware we have the resources to respond quickly," he said.
"The community needs to know that they can move around without the risk of being hurt by the stupidity of a drunk driver.
"If you consume alcohol or drugs and try to drive your vehicle on Coffs Cup then you will be caught."