Liquor ban in place for drag racing

"Idiotic" behaviour from spectators at the Lawrence quarter-mile drag races last year has prompted police and the Clutha District Council to impose a temporary liquor ban for the races today.

The ban will be in force on State Highway 8, between Kilmarnock St and Brown Rd, including Ross Pl and Harrington Pl; in Colonsay St, Bloy Rd, Thompson Rd, Irvine St, Wetherstons Rd and Waipori Rd, from Irvine St to one kilometre east of Thompson Rd.

No alcohol can be brought into or consumed in the area.

Constable Tom Taylor, of Balclutha, said the ban was requested by the event organisers, after "idiotic" behaviour last year.

"We have never had problems with the guys who come to race their cars, or their mates," Const Taylor said.

The problem was with some of the people who thought the event was a good excuse to get highly intoxicated.

A liquor booth would operate from the drag racing venue itself, which would give organisers some degree of control over alcohol consumption.

Anyone found breaching the liquor ban could be arrested, he said.


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