Cox Plate crackdown on drunk and unruly behaviour
Police have warned they will crack down on drunken behaviour and unruly patrons at Saturday’s Cox Plate race meeting at Moonee Valley.
They will also patrol the entertainment precinct outside the course on the lookout for anti-social behaviour.
The clampdown follows complaints that last week’s Caulfield Cup was ruined for many by drunken louts fighting and behaving badly.
Police say they will remove anyone from the course who is unruly.
Patrons will only be able to buy a maximum of two alcoholic drinks at a time.
Inspector Nigel Howard from the Moonee Valley police says punters should leave their car keys at home, use a designated driver, catch public transport or take a taxi to the course.
"Our message is simple – don’t punt on losing your licence, because if you drink and drive, we will catch you before you hurt someone," Insp Howard said.
After the last race police will maintain a presence in the surrounding entertainment precinct and fine anyone caught wandering the streets drinking alcohol.
"While punters might gamble on the race they can be guaranteed a winning ticket costing them $266.84 if caught with an open bottle in the nearby streets," Insp Howard said.
"We want to ensure the race meet is a successful one for everybody and that requires the responsible consumption of alcohol."