IT WAS bleak start to AgQuip festivities for some visitors after police nabbed 20 drivers for speeding on the way to the field days yesterday morning.
And police promise there’s plenty more to come if people don’t obey the rules.
Dozens of police on trail bikes, on foot and in highway patrol cars have descended on Gunnedah for the three-day event.
But in among the crowd out at the site and in town, police warn they’ll be watching.
Gunnedah police Inspector Paul Johnson said there’s plenty of police on the blue line.
“We’ve got four additional highway traffic officers,” Inspector Johnson said. “A number of police have come from adjoining commands – Coonabarabran, Narrabri, New England and Armidale.
“And the highway cars from adjoining commands are patrolling arterial routes.”
A number of officers from Sydney have also boosted the local contingent.
“We’ve also got rural crime investigators here, trail bike riders are patrolling the car park for any would-be thieves,” Inspector Johnson said.
Inspector Johnson said day one had almost gone off without a hitch, but he said the speeding drivers were concerning.
“Approximately 20 infringements were issued to vehicles who were detected speeding on the way into AgQuip and Gunnedah,” he said.
Inspector Johnson said there would be a heavy police presence in town at licensed venues, too.
“Police will be patrolling the streets for any law and order issues and keeping an eye on any public order incidents,” he said.