DRINK-drive this Anzac Day and you will be caught.
That’s the advice from police, who say those who plan to have a drink should leave their car at home.
Thousands of people are expected to attend this year’s Soldier’s Saddle race meeting at Tyers Park and Senior Sergeant Ben Macfarlane said police are urging people now to plan ahead about how they will get home.
He said Chifley police will be part of a statewide operation, Go Slow, which will begin tomorrow and run until Saturday and will target the big four killers on our roads: drink-driving, speed, fatigue and seatbelt compliance.
He said police will be throwing every resource they have at the city’s main and back roads and reminded people the risks of drink-driving mean it simply isn’t worth it.
“There will be more police on the road and more chance of getting detected,” he said.
He said traditionally the ex-servicemen and other sensible people plan ahead and make sure they can get a taxi or bus around the city, but unfortunately there are still a few people who start drinking and then think it’s okay to drive.
He also warned P-platers not to drink.
“You’re a novice licence and even a sniff of beer would put you over the limit,” he said.
And despite what people may think about having a meal or drinking coffee, Sen Sgt Macfarlane said once alcohol is in your system you have to wait for your body to metabolise it and get rid of it before you can drive.
“Having a meal or a coffee won’t make a difference,” he said.
Sen Sgt Macfarlane also warned people about the dangers of residual alcohol.
“If you’re having a big night and out drinking until one or two am, and then wake up at 8am the next morning and drive to work, chances are you’re going to be over [the limit],” he said.
“There is absolutely no excuse to be drink-driving on Anzac Day; get a cab or walk.
“Our diggers walked hundreds of kilometres, so I’m sure if they could do it so we can we.
“Please don’t drink and drive because, if you do, we will catch you.”