Muster's patrons party responsibly

OUT of 1456 random breath tests conducted at the Muster last week, police didn't catch one drink driver.

Gympie District Traffic Branch officer in charge Sergeant Peter Webster said roads to and from the Muster were targeted from Thursday and police were still out there yesterday.

Sgt Webster said he was happy with the responsible attitude Muster patrons had towards drink driving, considering thousands had descended on the Amamoor Creek event.

Gympie traffic police were joined by state, district and Imbil police to conduct the RBTs. During the blitz, 65 traffic infringement tickets were issued and four notices to appear in Gympie Magistrates Court.

There was one crash, Sgt Webster said, when a car hit a cow on Saturday night, but the crash was not officially reported to police.

“Considering the amount of people at the Muster and alcohol consumed, we are pretty happy with the response,” he said. “There didn't seem to be a mad rush of traffic like previous years. People had a really good attitude and were quite happy to be breath tested.”

Gympie Sergeant Vic Tipman, who was based on-site at the Muster all last week and has done so for the past 20 years, said it was one of the better Musters he had worked.

At the Muster's peak about 22 police were on the ground patrolling, including some mounted police.

Four people were charged after creating a disturbance in licensed premises. One of those was a Noosa boy, 17.

Two were charged with drunkenness after a fight on Friday night and another on Sunday after The Pigs concert. A gold wedding ring was handed into police at the Muster and another one was lost by Carolyn Bradshaw, which was engraved with “Carolyn and Rob Forever 1960”.

Muster chairman Carl Green said numbers were slightly up on last year and co-ordinator Brian Sansom said nearly all venues were full, even when the big acts were on.

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