Police have praised spectators after the first day of the World Rally Championships in Northern New South Wales.

Last night an opening event was held in the Murwillumbah area, and was well supported by spectators. Crowds were well behaved and no arrests were made by police.

“It was pleasing to see people enjoying themselves last night. There was a large crowd in attendance at the Murwillumbah event and police conducted high-visibility patrols throughout the evening to ensure there was minimal disruption to the local community,” Superintendent Michael Kenny, Operation Palisade Commander, said.

“It is pleasing to police that no arrests were made during the event last night. Everyone who attended was well-behaved and no problems were encountered. Police would like to see the continuation of this behaviour for the rest of the event. ”

The RTA is reminding motorists that a number of road closures are in place for day two of the World Rally Championships in the Murwillumbah, Byrill, Cudgera, Mooball, Round Mountain, Ettrick and Toonmbar areas.

“We’re advising motorists to allow extra time for their journeys, be patient when driving in the areas and to expect delays. Motorists should also take note of special event clearways when parking their vehicles,” Superintendent Kenny said.

“All traffic information including road closures and clearways, together with maps, is available on the RTA website at www.rta.nsw.gov.au or for traffic updates, contact 132 701.

“Police will continue to enforce speeding, alcohol and drug-related traffic offences on all local and major roads during the event. All motorists are reminded to abide by road rules and to be aware that police are out in force during the event.

“As well, police will continue to focus on anti-social behaviour and alcohol-fuelled violence. Anyone engaging in that kind of behaviour will be fined and/or arrested. This is a local event and police want everyone to enjoy it in a safe and family friendly environment.”