Police on-track for Grand Prix

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 05:45

Wheels are in motion for a safe and enjoyable 2017 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix with police set to have a robust presence at this year’s event.

With around 100,000 people expected to come through the gate on Sunday, police will be closely monitoring crowd behaviour and intervening if any anti-social or criminal behaviour is detected.

Security will also be checking people at the gates.

Inspector Jason Kelly said the Grand Prix crowd was generally very well behaved but attendees still needed to give a thought to their security.

“Thieves often choose to strike in busy car parks and large crowds,” he said.

“We all have a role to play in keeping our possessions safe – always lock your car, remove valuables from sight and immediately report suspicious behaviour to police.”

Police will be ensuring that the only white-knuckle driving takes place on the race track, with officers stationed outside the precinct to detect any dangerous, drug or drink drivers.

“Not everyone can replicate the talent of Formula One drivers, but anyone can apply their dedication and diligence to everyday driving,” Inspector Kelly said.

“If you’re going to drink, don’t get behind the wheel and plan for an alternative journey home.”

Transit police will be making sure the crowds coming in and going home via public transport do so safely.

The 2017 Formula 1 Grand Prix runs from 23 March to 26 March.

Thomas O’Byrne

Media Officer