Police issue Falls warning

TASMANIA Police have this morning reminded Falls Festival patrons that they will have a major presence at the Marion Bay music festival.

Onsite will be uniform and plain clothes police, as well as specialist services such as the drug detector dog unit, which was present at the site last year.

''The majority of people attending these types of events behave responsibly however there is always an element of the crowd who for various reasons decide to misbehave and disrupt the experience for others,''   said Inspector Doug Rossiter, who added ‘we are there to help ensure people attending the festival feel safe and can enjoy the event without incident’.

Bringing alcohol onto the festival site is not permitted and anyone attempting to do so runs the risk of being ejected.

Police also remind people travelling to and from the festival or on roads in the vicinity should expect to experience traffic delays, with up to 16,000 people travelling to the festival.

 ‘While every effort will be made to minimise disruption and delays; there will be breath testing and other traffic operations conducted in the area, in the interests of road safety’ said Inspector Rossiter said.

Inspector Rossiter suggested patrons take the time to consider their travel plans in advance. 

''Please remember that the most important thing is you arrive safely at your destination. Have a plan for how you’re going to get home and make sure you do not get behind the wheel if you are affected by alcohol or drugs''.

It is expected the busiest travel time will be on Saturday afternoon and evening, Sunday morning onwards, as well as from first thing Tuesday.

Falls runs from Saturday until Tuesday.


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