Police in Canterbury are gearing up for a busy day at Cup Day in Christchurch.
The day, which is highlighted by the New Zealand Trotting Cup at Addington, is a big date on the Canterbury social calendar but along with it comes a spike in activity for police.
"Police typically receive and respond to 20 percent more callouts than they do on an average 24-hour period on a Tuesday, which is more akin to a Saturday night," said Inspector Peter Cooper.
He said police will be out in force today and for the rest of the week which also includes the Canterbury A&P Show starting tomorrow and the New Zealand Cup and New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas Day at Riccarton on Saturday.
"Our focus every year is to help ensure that Cup and Show Week is safe and enjoyable for everyone. We want everyone to have fun but go easy on the alcohol," he said.
The Cup and Show week is the first to be staged under reduced drive-drive limits introduced last December and police will be actively enforcing liquor bans and anyone caught breaching the bans will be arrested.