Police are urging locals on the Coffs Coast and Clarence Valley to commemorate ANZAC Day safely and respectfully this week.
A high-visibility policing operation will be in place on ANZAC Day on Thursday, to ensure the safety of the large crowds expected at events across the region.
General duties and traffic police, as well as other specialist units will make up the operation.
Coffs Clarence Police District Commander, Superintendent Steve Clarke said this national day of remembrance should be observed appropriately.
“This day is about honouring the brave men and women who have served our country and paying tribute to those who died fighting for our freedom,” Supt Clarke said.
“Like all major events, we want people to enjoy ANZAC Day in a safe and secure environment, without the fear of being subjected to anti-social behaviour or alcohol-related crime", he said.
“Given this year’s ANZAC Day falls on a Thursday during the school holidays, and after the Easter long weekend, we are anticipating a busy weekend on the state’s roads,” Supt Clarke said.
Police will also be targeting drink-driving and conducting random breath tests throughout the local area.
“Both marked and unmarked police vehicles will be patrolling all major roads and back streets, so if you take the risk and drink-drive, you will be caught".
Supt Clarke says we all should have a plan for how we’re getting home, "organise a designated driver or pre-arrange transport. We want everyone to get to and from commemorations safely”, Supt Clarke said.