Oamaru is "being proactive" to cope with the Undie-500 car
rally when it passes through the town tomorrow on its way to
Extra police are being called in, rally participants will be
warned to abide by the town's rules, businesses are being
warned to have extra staff and security, Students Against
Drunk Driving are involved and the Waitaki Guardians will
monitor and deter bad behaviour.
Waitaki community safety officer Alison Banks said yesterday
Oamaru police and the Waitaki District Council were making
preparations for the arrival of the students, who will leave
Christchurch in their under-$500 cars at 12.30pm and will
probably start to arrive in Oamaru late in the afternoon.
"The students will be passing through Waitaki whether we like
it or not, so rather than bury our heads in the sand, we're
being proactive," she said.
Students will be warned to respect Waitaki and its residents,
abide by its liquor ban and litter bylaws.
Local businesses and licensed premises were being told to be
prepared by having extra staff, security and litter
Liquor outlets will be monitored and have been reminded about
the provisions of the Sale of Liquor Act.
Acting Senior Sergeant Tony Woodbridge has requested extra
police from outside the district to help ensure there are no
breaches of peace, disorderly behaviour or driving offences.
"History shows that by the time these students reach Oamaru
they are intoxicated, with the exception of the drivers," Mrs
The Waitaki Guardians would also be out in force on Friday
evening to monitor the streets of Oamaru, act as a deterrent
to bad behaviour, and support students and local residents,
Students Against Driving Drunk will be supporting a police
checkpoint, handing out vehicle litter bags, information on
the Oamaru liquor ban bylaw, a map of the liquor ban area,
and other supporting information.
They also hoped to have a mini-skip at the check point so
that the Undie 500 students can dispose of litter.
Undie 500 events of previous years, including last year's
unofficial rally, have resulted in a large number of arrests
and alcohol-fuelled disorder in Dunedin.
Organisers of the rally asked Oamaru to host the rally as
part of a wider student event last year but were flatly
refused by community leaders due to concerns over students'
behaviour and the ability of emergency services to deal with
Rally organisers were planning to crack down on people who
were found breaching the liquor bans or bylaws, or
misbehaving in any way.
This included banning them from bars when they returned to