All good cheer at festival

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Police experienced no problems with people drink-driving after this year’s Oamaru Wine and Food Festival, Sergeant Tony Woodbridge says.

More than 1000 people crowded the Oamaru Public Gardens on Sunday for local food, wine, beer and music during the annual Oamaru Wine and Food Festival.

Sergeant Woodbridge said police had experienced problems with people drink-driving in past years but Sunday’s crowd was very well-behaved.

An alcohol team had come up from Alexandra to help out over the weekend, but there were no major problems and he was not aware of anyone being processed for drink-driving following the festival.

People seemed to be understanding the lower alcohol limit, which came into force last December, and making sure they took precautions.

Sergeant Woodbridge said since the new limit came into effect, he had noticed a lot more people had been designating sober drivers or finding other ways to get home, such as taxis.

Festival co-ordinator Matt Haywood said there had been no trouble and he was pleased everyone was so well-behaved.

“I thought it was a fantastic crowd,” he said

Sunday’s festival showed it was possible for an event to be held with alcohol where people did drink responsibly, he said.

“It’s just good to see.”

The festival is held on the third Sunday of February each year.

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD – Police have praised the behaviour of this year’s crowd at the Oamaru Wine and Food Festival on Sunday.