Police out in force for Labour Day long weekend

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Police want to remind the community to enjoy themselves responsibly across the Mornington Peninsula area over the Labour Day long weekend.

As part of Operation Unity there will be a highly visible police presence proactively patrolling the Mt Martha, Safety Beach, Dromana and Rye foreshores to ensure everyone can enjoy the weekend safely.

There will be a strong focus on detecting offences relating to anti-social behaviour, drinking in a public place and dangerous use of Personal Water Craft (PWCs) which includes jet-skis.

Local Area Commander Inspector Janene Denton said this time of the year was one of the busiest times for the Mornington Peninsula area with thousands of people flocking to the popular location.

“As always, police encourage people to come out and enjoy all the beaches, cafes restaurants the Mornington Peninsula has to offer,” said Insp Denton.

“However, we are asking everyone to be mindful of how their behaviour affects the rest of the community.

“We want to be very clear that police will not tolerate any anti-social or disruptive behaviour.”

General duties police will be supported by state-based specialist resources including the Mounted Branch and Water Police.

Police will also be enforcing local laws regarding the consumption and possession of alcohol across the foreshore. The consumption of alcohol is currently banned in public places in the Mornington Peninsula.

If you are found to be drinking alcohol or are carrying an open container of alcohol police will issue you with a $100 penalty notice.

For anyone planning to operate a PWC over the weekend, police will be focusing on speeding offences, entering no go zones and other water safety breaches.

On the road, police will be targeting unsafe behaviours including drink and drug driving, mobile phone use and speeding offences.

Victoria Police News – Wednesday, 6 March 2019

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