A WEEK­END TO RE­MEM­BER

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - PHOTO: Jean-Pierre Ronco.

IT was a week­end of rods and re­mem­brance in Bright with thou­sands of cus­tom cars and clas­sics and their own­ers mak­ing their way to town for the 27th an­nual Rod Run event, while Satur­day was Re­mem­brance Day with 2017 mark­ing the 99th an­niver­sary of the Armistice which ended the First World War.

PO­LICE have praised crowd be­hav­iour at this year’s Bright Iconic Rod Run.

Po­lice said they handed out the fewest num­ber of tick­ets for driv­ing in­fringe­ments and drunken be­hav­iour in many years.

Po­lice have pre­vi­ously called for the event to be al­co­hol free af­ter it was marred by vi­o­lence and ant- so­cial be­hav­iour in 2014.

Act­ing Sergeant Tony Fin­law said there was only a hand­ful is­sues over the course of the three-day event.

“We’re very happy, it was prob­a­bly some of the best be­hav­iour we’ve ever seen at the Rod Run,” he said.

“There were a few mi­nor in­ci­dents, a few peo­ple blew over .05 and a there were a cou­ple of speed­ing tick­ets but over­all every­one’s be­hav­iour was pretty good.

“One of the only blights is the burnout marks that have been left around town.

“We had three com­plaints about peo­ple do­ing burnouts along Hawthorn Lane on Satur­day night.”

There was again a strong po­lice pres­ence with of­fi­cers con­duct­ing foot pa­trols in town while High­way Pa­trol manned the roads.

Act­ing Sergeant Fin­law said crowds were also re­spect­ful of the al­co­hol cur­few which was in­tro­duced in 2015 to ban the con­sump­tion of al­co­hol in the streets from 8.30pm to 12pm.

“Every­one was quite co­op­er­a­tive when we told them it was time to fin­ish up drink­ing,” he said.

“It was the third year since the cur­few was put in place so the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple are well aware of it and com­ply.

“We handed out four tick­ets to peo­ple who failed to move on and con­tin­ued drink­ing af­ter be­ing told to a num­ber of times.

“But re­ally they were about the only is­sues we had there.”

PHOTO: Jean-Pierre Ronco.

WELL BE­HAVED: Po­lice say there were few is­sues with crowd be­hav­iour as hun­dreds of peo­ple filled Bright’s main street for the an­nual Rod Run.

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