Police sniffer dogs at the enterance of Splendour In The Grass. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs/ The Northern Star
Police sniffer dogs at the enterance of Splendour In The Grass. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs/ The Northern Star Patrick Gorbunovs

You've been warned: Police will target drugs at Splendour

WITH festival goers starting to arrive at Splendour in the Grass from today, police are reminding punters about the consequences of using illegal drugs this weekend.

Throughout the three-day festival a high-visibility police operation will be in place, targeting illegal drug use and supply, alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour.

The operation will involve officers from Tweed/Byron Police District, Northern Region general duties officers, the NSW Police Dog Unit and other specialist command support.

Tweed Byron Police District Commander Superintendent Dave Roptell said police want to ensure patrons have a safe and enjoyable festival experience, but are aware of the consequences of risky behaviour.

"As we have done in previous years, police have been working closely with event organisers and stakeholders to ensure the safety of all event staff, performers and music fans throughout the festival," Supt Roptell said.

"Festival-goers who choose to do the wrong thing not only compromise their own safety, but also risk the safety of others around them.

"Those who bring illegal drugs into the festival can expect to be caught and dealt with accordingly.

"Prohibited drugs are illegal and potentially life-threatening, especially when combined with alcohol, so I urge everyone to behave responsibly. Anyone under the influence, or who feels unwell, is urged to seek professional medical attention."

Supt Roptell said police want the festival weekend to be "incident-free".

"We will be there to uphold the law and ensure the safety of all festival-goers," he said.

"Be warned that if you choose to break the law, disrupt other festival-goers, or create issues for the local community - you can expect to be arrested."

Additionally, officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will be deployed to target speeding, drink-and-drug-driving and other dangerous driver behaviour to ensure everyone gets to and from the event safely.

"As with previous years, we are prepared for a considerable increase in traffic throughout the Byron Shire before, during, and after the festival - particularly on the Pacific Highway," Supt Roptell said

"Officers will be conducting regular roadside drug and alcohol testing; anyone caught driving under the influence will be arrested.

"Please plan ahead, stick to the speed limit and ensure all passengers in your vehicle are wearing their seat belt - we want everyone to get to and from Splendour safely."