300 speeding fines and three drink-driving charges in a bust weekend for Bathurst police

FACES IN THE CROWD: Police have praised the big crowds at the weekend's Supercheap Bathurst 1000 for their overwhelmingly good behaviour. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK
FACES IN THE CROWD: Police have praised the big crowds at the weekend's Supercheap Bathurst 1000 for their overwhelmingly good behaviour. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

POLICE issued more than 300 speeding fines during a four-day blitz on local roads for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

But officers have praised the good behaviour of the vast majority of racegoers at the conclusion of the high-visibility operation.

Operation Dover ran from Thursday to Sunday and saw more than 300 officers descend on the city.

They included general duties police from Chifley Local Area Command and across Western Region, the Public Order and Riot Squad (PORS), Operations Support Group (OSG), Dog Unit, Licensing Police, Bicycle Unit, Youth Command (PCYC), Police Transport Command and Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.

Police issued 600 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs), including 319 speeding fines, while officers attached to Operation Dover also arrested and charged four people over the weekend.

One, a 38-year-old man, will appear in court in November charged with common assault and resisting or hindering police following the alleged assault of a security official on Sunday.

A 22-year-old man was also charged with possession of prohibited drug after allegedly being found with cannabis at a vehicle check point.

Charges were also laid against people for malicious damage and entering enclosed lands.

Operation Dover Commander, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, said it was positive to see the majority of attendees behave themselves over the weekend.

“We were very pleased with the behaviour of most people who attended the race, and it was great to see so many families returning to camp on the mountain this year to support the event.

“Once again police worked closely with Supercars Australia and Bathurst Regional Council to ensure a safe and enjoyable event.”

A small number of people were evicted from the race and issued banning notices for offensive behaviour or conduct while officers conducted more than 5800 random breath tests over the weekend and charged three drivers with drink-driving.

“Our Traffic and Highway Patrol officers have been reminding drivers every day of the dangers of speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and while most heeded our warnings there were some who engaged in risky driver behaviour,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.