Remember with respect

ANTI-SOCIAL, violent and intimidatory behaviour will not be tolerated this Anzac Day.

That's the word from Coffs Coast police.

“There is arguably no more significant or solemn occasion on the national calendar than Anzac Day,” said acting superintendent Tony Ferguson.

“Its importance to all Australians cannot be overstated, so our police will be out in force to ensure the day remains one that can be enjoyed by the diggers, families and well wishers alike.”

Mr Ferguson said general duties officers, mounted police, dog units, highway patrol and the Public Order Riot Squad will be patrolling local hotspots to ensure people who wish to commemorate the day with respect are able to do so and those who partake in drunken antics are discouraged.

“Clearly, Anzac Day is not an opportunity for a minority who choose to abuse alcohol and then carry on under the mistaken belief that their boorish behaviour in someway reflects nationalistic sentiment. Not to harass, offend or intimidate those Australians from different cultural backgrounds or make the day unpleasant for families,” he said.

The operation will also target underage drinking. Police found this to be a problem during Australia Day and will not hesitate to take young people back to their parents if found they are drinking alcohol illegally in public alcohol free zones.

“As well, we will have RBTs out in force breath testing drivers going to and from major events. There will be a State-wide traffic operation 'Go Slow' that weekend, so it's pretty clear that it's not worth the risk to drink and drive,” Mr Ferguson said.

Traffic disruptions for ANZAC Day

Coffs Harbour

Between 8.30am and 11am; Park Avenue b/w Grafton St and Gordon St, Gordon St b/w Park Ave and Vernon St affecting Harbour Drive and Vernon St b/w Gordon St and Grafton St


Between 10.30am and 11.45am; First Avenue into Lyons Road towards Sawtell Caravan Park


Beach Street between Wharf and Short Street from 10.50am and 11.20am.

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