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Police send NYE safety message

POLICE are encouraging common sense and personal safety ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations tonight.

Chief Superintendent Mark Ainsworth said revellers heading to entertainment precincts throughout Queensland could help reduce the workload on police if they remained alert but avoided aggressive situations.

"Common sense and being alert are two key components of remaining safe. If you get into a potentially aggressive situation, walk away. We would remind people that one punch can kill," he said.

"There will be additional officers on duty in entertainment precincts around the state, including specialist officers from the dog squad, the mounted police, and the water police.

"We will also be reminding people to leave their car at home and use public transport or taxis. Parking will be difficult and drink driving may cost you your life."

QPS New Year's Eve safety tips:

  • Use public transport or taxis where possible and be patient with other commuters waiting for these services;
  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. If you feel threatened or find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, leave immediately and go to a place where you feel safe;
  • Trust your instincts and recognise warning signs;
  • Develop a network of people who will assist you in an emergency and let them know where you are going and when you are likely to return;
  • Look after your friend;.
  • Consider the necessity of the items you are carrying in your handbag or wallet, and try to keep valuables to a minimum.

Police offer the following safety tips to those who plan to drink on New Year's Eve:

  • Plan ahead as to how many drinks you will have and stick to the plan by monitoring your drinking;
  • Book a taxi or designate a driver to ensure you and your friends get home safely;
  • Eat before and during drinking;
  • Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at a sensible pace;
  • Avoid mixing drinks and finish each drink before you have another;
  • Get involved in other activities, for example playing pool or dancing;
  • Do not leave drinks unattended;
  • Only accept drinks from people you trust. Watch the staff members as they make your drink;
  • If someone offers to buy you a drink, go up to the bar with that person and accept the drink there.

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