“We all love a good long weekend, however, what you need to know is your limits when consuming alcohol. Look after your mates, have a plan to get home safely, and know that police and emergency services are on hand if you need help.
“Our message is clear: make this an Australia Day to remember, not one you’d rather forget. Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated,” he said.
Public transport is the best way to get around for Australia Day 2024.
Australia Day was typically one of the most popular days to be on the water and Marine Area Commander, Superintendent Joe McNulty, Command is reminding skippers to check their vessel is in good working order and ensure the required safety equipment is on board, including lifejackets.
“Life jackets should be used by anyone heading out on a boat, jet ski, or kayak; as well as rock fishers.
“On Australia Day, Marine Area Command officers will also be focused on drink driving and will be random breath testing skippers on the water. The legal alcohol limit is 0.05 and anyone detected operating a boat while under the influence will face fines and charges,” Mr Mcnulty said.
Heading to a BBQ? Leave the car at home, NSW Police say.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Anthony Boyd, said “If you are planning to drink, don’t drive. Leave your car at home and catch public transport, taxis, or organise a designated driver.”
“Both marked and unmarked police cars will be out in force patrolling all major roads and back streets – so don’t take the risk because you will get caught,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Anthony Boyd said.
Transport for NSW Coordinator General Howard Collins said public transport services would run to a weekend or public holiday timetable with around 200 extra services, helping move thousands of people around throughout the day and night.
“Public transport is the best way to get to Australia Day events with road closures around Circular Quay and The Rocks in effect from as early as 4am,” Mr Collins said.
There will be major road closures in place on Australia Day and delays are expected. Extra public transport services will run, and people are encouraged to plan their journey ahead at Transport NSW and check traffic updates at the Live Traffic NSW website HERE.