CHIFLEY Police will be deployed as part of a highly-visible and mobile police operation to ensure the safety of the community ahead of the city’s 2018 New Year’s Eve celebration.
Duty officer with Chifley Police District, Inspector Gerard Powell, said people can expect to see police both on the beat, and patrolling our roads and highways.
“We want everyone to have a memorable night for the right reasons, so celebrate responsibly, drink in moderation and look after one another – you don’t want to start 2019 with a criminal record,” he said.
“Police will be doing walk throughs at local hotels and clubs; people can expect a high police presence throughout New Years Eve.”
Insp Powell said police want New Year’s Eve to be safe and fun for everyone, and one of the best ways to achieve this is to plan your night in advance.
He said his advice to revellers was to drink responsibly and look out for your friends.
“Keep an eye out for your friends, keep them safe and make sure no one gets left behind,” Insp Powell said.
Hotels and clubs will enforce responsible service of alcohol and anyone deemed intoxicated would be refused service or asked to leave the premises.
“If you’re asked to leave a licensed premise, respect the request,” Insp Powell said.
“Problems often start when people have had too much to drink and are asked to leave. If you don’t leave you can be fined on the spot, or end up before a court.
“So if you’re asked to go, please do so.”
Insp Powell encouraged anyone planning to drink to leave their car keys at home.
“Have your Plan B firmly in place, don’t risk drink driving, if you do, chances are you will be caught,” he said.
Designated drivers are also being urged to take care and be aware of their surroundings in particular look out for pedestrians, who may be affected by alcohol.
Sen Sgt Colin Sheil, from Chifley’s Highway Patrol Command reiterated Inspector Powell’s advice saying road users needed to think about the influence alcohol had on their ability to make decisions as a driver, passenger or pedestrian.
He said morning after drink-driving offences were common place, and people should know that alcohol leaves their bodies slowly.
Senior Sgt Sheil said if you’ve had a big night, or continued drinking into the early hours of the morning you could very well still be over the limit the next day and encouraged people to think about a designated driver for the next morning as well as on the night.