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Dozens Charged With Drug & Drink-Driving Offences At Party In The Paddock Festival

Written by Tom Williams on February 13, 2018

Dozens of people have been charged with drug offences or for allegedly drug or drink-driving at Tasmania’s Party In The Paddock festival in Blessington over the weekend.

While police were generally happy with the behaviour of festival-goers, 19 people were charged with drink driving and 14 drivers tested positive for illicit drugs. 12 people were also charged with selling or supplying drugs at the event, News Corp Australia reports.

Police say they conducted 2284 random breath tests, mostly on Sunday morning after the festival had wrapped up. Despite organisers establishing a breath testing service at the festival, police were disappointed some people didn’t use it.

“The festival organisers had a site where drivers could undergo a breath test before they left the event, and it is disappointing that some drivers chose not to test themselves and put themselves and other road users at risk by driving while over the limit,” says Senior Sergeant Nick Clark.

This year’s Party In The Paddock festival took place between Thursday, 8th and Saturday, 10th February, and featured performances from the likes of Gang Of Youths, The Avalanches, Meg Mac and Ball Park Music.

Despite some intense weather at the event, many artists pushed through the rain, including Meg Mac and her keyboardist…

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