Police are continuing their schoolies operations in the Byron Bay area, urging school leavers to enjoy themselves responsibly and stay safe.

Tweed/Byron Commander, Acting Superintendent Owen King, said most of the schoolies celebrations have been positive to date.

“There have been no serious or major incidents reported to police in the Byron Bay area since the operation began on Friday 19 November,” he said.

“We have been conducting high-visibility policing operations, with the assistance of Richmond Local Area Command, focusing on alcohol-related offences, anti-social behaviour in and around licensed premises, car parks and beaches.

“For those driving home, keep in mind alcohol can stay in your system for many hours after your last drink. P-platers must have a zero blood alcohol level.”

Schoolies incidents from 6pm Friday 19 November to 6am Monday 29 November 2010 include:
· 44 drug detections including 28 cannabis cautions and 16 people appearing in court (small quantities detected)
· Four ‘schoolie’-related assaults with five arrested and three in court
· 22 people charged with drink-driving
· Four people charged with driving under the influence of drugs.