POLICE from across the Bass Coast Shire are relatively happy with behaviour from party goers over the New Year’s Eve long weekend.
A successful booze bus patrol and roadside drug testing operation showed just how well drivers behaved.
Sgt Andy Boldiston from the Wonthaggi Police station said that the cooler New Year’s weather saw numbers of people out and about decrease in comparison to 2015.
Five people were arrested for drunkenness on New Year’s Eve, with three arrested in Inverloch and two on Phillip Island.
A 19 year old male from Somerville was arrested in relation to shop thefts on Phillip Island, while a 16 year old male and a 20 year old male were arrested on the Cowes foreshore in relation to drugs and weapons.
“There were also a number of young people spoken to in relation to possession of alcohol,” Sgt Boldiston said.
A booze bus from Melbourne was sent down to the Bass Coast Shire from December 30 until January 1 to assist local police in their roadside drug and alcohol testing.
Across three days, 2250 drivers were tested for alcohol, with only one person detected with alcohol levels above the legal limit.
A number of drug tests were also conducted, however no persons were detected with drugs in their system.
“This is very encouraging, considering the time of the year and the large amount of people on our roads,” Sgt Boldiston said.
Near miss for cop
However, not everyone was well behaved on our roads over the festive season.
As most people safely welcomed in the New Year with celebrations and cheer, a Bass Coast Highway Patrol member narrowly avoided serious injury on Saturday, December 31, when a small red hatchback failed to stop at the site and almost ran the police member over.
The police member was fortunate to escape with only minor injuries.
“Police have launched an investigation and are keen to speak to any witnesses that may be able to assist us in identifying the occupants.”
Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Wonthaggi Police on 5671 1400 if you have any information regarding this incident.