Call for safety over the festive season
With the new year just around the corner, holidaymakers to the Walpole and Peaceful Bay area are being asked to stay safe on the roads and be on their best behaviour.
Peaceful Bay is an annual hot spot during the New Year’s period and Walpole police have asked people to drive to the road conditions and be mindful of fatigue.
“Peaceful Bay is a familyfriendly environment so anyone attending the area needs to remember that the focus is on a “family-friendly environment”, where everyone can have an enjoyable and safe holiday break,” Walpole officer-in-charge Sgt John Bridger said.
“I wish you all a safe and happy holiday period and look forward to seeing you all back again for New Year’s Eve 2020.”
As part of the road and community safety measures in the area, there will be additional police officers operating in the region.
There will be zero tolerance for unruly behaviour, street drinking and underage drinking, Sgt Bridger said.
Police resources such as road blocks, random breath tests and other speed-related matters will be used in the area over the holiday period.
“It’s to ensure everyone gets the opportunity to visit next year and keep enjoying this amazing part of the world we live in,” Sgt Bridger said.
Windy Harbour Volunteer Marine Rescue commander Nigel Kelly encouraged people to make sure their boats were up to standard and ready for the season.
“Make sure they have enough fuel, the servicing has been done on your boat and make sure your radios are working and up-todate,” he said.
“Contact Windy Harbour VMR on 81 VHF and Walpole VMR on 21 VHF when you go out on the water.”
Department of Transport will be at Windy Harbour boat ramp on January 8 with vouchers for new life jackets to replace older ones.