Mandurah police fine 12 in St Patrick’s Day drink driving blitz

Despite a significant number of people drink driving on Friday night for St Patrick's Day, Mandurah police senior sergeant Steve Thompson says the Crab Fest weekend was almost incident-free.

Despite a significant number of people drink driving on Friday night for St Patrick's Day, Mandurah police senior sergeant Steve Thompson says the Crab Fest weekend was almost incident-free.

Some of Mandurah’s drivers didn’t have the luck of the Irish on their side on St Patrick’s night, after police pulled over 12 drivers over the limit.

One of the drivers blew three times over the limit. 

Mandurah Police senior sergeant Steve Thompson said he was disappointed to see so many people putting their lives and the lives of those around them at risk.

He said the local team had worked to put the ‘don’t drink and drive’ message out into the community  and encourage people to arrange another way to get home or alternative accommodation if they were planning on drinking.

“That’s just unacceptable,” Mr Thompson said.

“We put the message out there, don’t drink and drive.”

However, Mr Thompson said the Crab Fest weekend passed without major incidents despite major police presence in town.

He said the local team had additional police officers join for the occasion, but it was almost an incident-free event.

According to Mr Thompson, most of police effort concentrated on ensuring the festival remained a family-friendly event both on Saturday and Sunday.

He said police had to intervene in very few occasions where punters were misbehaving after having a little bit too much to drink.

“It was incredibly busy, so when you consider the amount of people it was good event for us,” Mr Thompson said.

“Overall it was a great event and we are looking forward to next year’s.”

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