OPINION: Love festival not tarnished by police crackdown

AFTER all the bad publicity surrounding music festivals it came as no surprise to discover Ipswich police targeted the Earth Frequency Festival at Ivory Rock on the weekend.

The great news to come from the police crackdown was the low number of offenders they charged.

This was no small operation with just a few police walking around keeping an eye on things; this could only be described as a blitz.

It involved officers from Harrisville Police, the Roadside Drug Testing Unit, Road Policing Task Force, Ipswich Road Policing Command, Ipswich Tactical Crime Squad, Brisbane Dog Squad and general duties officers from across Ipswich District.

After three days and more than 2500 roadside breath tests, police only had the names of 57 people on their charge sheets.

Not one driver was over the alcohol limit, although 27 were found to have traces of drugs in their system when pulled over for a random test.

If they had conducted the same level of testing on the Ipswich Motorway on a Saturday night there is no doubt the numbers would have been higher.

Although it would have been good news to hear that police didn't charge a single person, you have to be a realist.

Bringing together 5000 people and having no issues is impossibility, we should look at the police results as a positive for the event, rather than a negative.

The organisers promised a no problems event and it appears they delivered.

Our reporter who we sent along for two days to overview the festival had nothing but praise.



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