Police report good behaviour at Tunarama

Local police have reported overall good behaviour following Port Lincoln’s annual Tunarama Festival, which occurred on the Australia Day long weekend and attracted a large influx of visitors and a cruise ship to the town. 

They were pleased to report there were no significant police incidents, with only one arrest and one report arising from separate incidents at licensed premises. 

Two people were arrested and charged with disorderly behaviour at the festival. 

Superintedent Julie Thomas, officer in charge of the Eyre-Western local service area said police were overall happy with how people behaved. 

“It is disappointing that people continue to drink and drive putting themselves and others at risk; however in all the event went smoothly and SAPOL was happy with crowd behaviour at the family event,” she said. 

Six drink-drivers were caught between January 24 and 27. 

Two drivers were stopped just before 8.30pm on January 27 on Matthew Place and Ocean Avenue. 

The 44-year-old and 41-year-old local men blew 0.159 and 0.152 respectively, and both lost their licences for 12 months and had their cars impounded for 28 days. 

A few hours later at 2am an 18-year-old P plate driver was stopped on Shaen Street and submitted to a driver screening test, recording an alleged reading of 0.074. 

He was issued an on the spot fine and a driver direction notice. 

Police will continue to be out this week with a strong road safety focus as both visitors return home and the school year resumes for many today.