How to stay safe on New Year's Eve
DRINKERS and drivers have been urged to take care during New Year's Eve celebrations all over Queensland this year.
Police Minister Jack Dempsey has asked all motorists hitting the roads tonight to be aware of intoxicated pedestrians.
He said drunken revellers would be unpredictable around, and some drinkers who have had too many might not be careful enough around roads.
"When you see a group of people or someone walking near the roadway, slow down to give yourself time to stop should they step in front of your vehicle," he said.
"Last year the Queensland Ambulance Service treated 226 people who had been struck by vehicles of which 44 happened over the Christmas period."
Mr Dempsey also reminded Queenslanders to look after themselves tonight, with the combination of hot weather and alcohol a "dangerous mix".
But he warned those who may be looking for trouble that police, including dog squads and mounted police, would be out in force in entertainment precincts.
"It is too easy to get caught up in the New Year frenzy and I urge all Queenslanders to make sure they keep an eye on their mates during the New Year celebrations," he said.
Safety tips for New Year's Eve:
- Look after your mates
- Use public transport and taxis where possible
- Plan ahead and book a taxi or designated driver to ensure everyone gets home safely
- Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings
- Arrange a place to meet if you do get separated from your friends
- Take your mobile phone with you.
- Save emergency contacts in your phone
- Monitor the number of alcoholic drinks you plan to have
- Make sure you drink plenty of water, even if you are not drinking any alcohol
- Drink at a sensible pace
- Do not leave drinks unattended
- Watch bar staff pour your drinks