Police tell motorists to leave the speed to the rally drivers
POLICE are urging racegoers to behave, stay safe and have fun on the eve of the World Rally Championship event on the state's Coffs Coast.
Engines will start tomorrow for the 10th leg of the FIA World Rally Championship, Coates Hire Rally Australia and continue until Sunday.
Police have launched Operation Montara, a high-visibility policing strategy, to ensure the safety and security of competitors, spectators and enthusiasts.
Coffs Clarence Local Area Command general duties officers and specialist officers from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Licensing Police, to maintain a highly-visible presence in the area.
Operation Montara Commander Superintendent Mark Holahan said police want everyone attending the race to have a good time but not at the expense of other people's safety.
"We have been working closely with event organisers, private security, local government and other agencies to make sure it is a safe and enjoyable event for all attending," Supt Holahan said.
"Operation Montara will focus on road safety across the Coffs Coast, anti-social and criminal behaviour at spectator areas, and minimising the impact of the event on the community.
"There will be no reduction in police presence in local townships. We have additional officers in the area for the event to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of the community."
Additional Traffic and Highway Patrol officers will be deployed on the Coffs Coast to target speeding, drink-driving and dangerous driver behaviour.
"We are expecting a significant increase in traffic and we won't tolerate any motorists driving like they're in the race - leave rallying to the professionals," Supt Holahan said.
"Officers will come down hard on those law-breaking motorists who put not only themselves but other innocent road users at risk."
"There will be changes to traffic conditions due to road closures, and we remind motorists to allow extra time to arrive at their destination and to find parking at spectator locations," Supt Holahan said.
For full details regarding road closures in place due to the World Rally Championship visit: http://www.livetraffic.com or call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701.
Spectators are also reminded to be respectful and courteous to each other, as well as employees and volunteers of the event, and the Coffs Coast community.
"The Coffs Coast will be in the world spotlight this weekend and we want it to be for all the right reasons," Supt Holahan said.
"Spectators must exercise personal responsibility and comply with all safety instructions and warnings by police and event organisers.
"Rally Australia is a family-friendly event and anyone caught trying to spoil it for others will be removed and dealt with appropriately," Supt Holahan said.