Police happy with behaviour

MORE than 10,000 people hit the streets of Airlie Beach for the four-day annual Reef Festival and Whitsunday Police were extremely pleased with the behaviour of visitors and the local community.

Acting Senior Sergeant Barry Haran said the Reef Festival was an excellent family-fun event enjoyed by all members of the community.

"We've never had such a big event so considering the numbers were up on years gone by, the community was very well behaved and we were extremely happy with how the event was run," he said.

Whitsunday Police made 12 arrests for street offences such as public nuisance, disorderly conduct and public alcohol consumption.

Police also conducted 361 roadside breath tests from Thursday to Sunday, with only two returning positive results for drink driving.

Acting Senior Sergeant Haran said Whitsunday Police would be cracking down on people using mobile phones while driving and would be imposing on the spot fines and loss of demerit points.


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