The majority of the state’s footy fans have been praised for their good behaviour at AFL grand final celebrations at the weekend.
Tasmania Police Inspector Kathy Bennett said the vast majority of people who attended grand final events across Saturday and Sunday morning did the right thing by others, and made sure that everyone had a safe time whether celebrating or commiserating.
“Grand final day is traditionally a busy day for police, and additional police resources were deployed across the districts,” she said.
Tasmania Police had a heightened presence throughout the North, with extra foot patrols in Launceston’s city centre and entertainment precinct.
From Saturday afternoon into the early hours of Sunday morning, police responded to about 60 calls for assistance.
This included noise complaints, concerns for welfare, and disturbances and disputes.
Vehicle checks, and random breath and drug testing were also undertaken by police throughout the state.
Police detected 19 people for drink driving and drug offences, with 14 people exceeding a blood alcohol limit of 0.05.
The highest reading caught was a 26-year-old Devonport woman at 0.207.
“Although there was a steady number of calls for assistance generally the behaviour encountered by police was good,” Inspector Bennett said.
Footy fans were reminded prior to the big day to enjoy themselves safely and responsibly.
Last year after the AFL grand final, six people were arrested for drink driving, one arrest was made for evading police, and a small number of arrests made for disorderly conduct.
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