26 September 2023

Police urge partygoers to play it safe

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Canberrans are being encouraged to consider their actions and make good choices before, during and after a night out in a new campaign from ACT Policing.

Sergeant with ACT Policing, Max Mokrij said that, over the coming months, Canberrans would see material on their social media channels promoting safe attitudes and behaviours, aimed at decreasing anti-social behaviour and illegal activity.

“This includes not driving intoxicated, looking out for your mates, walking away from confrontations and not taking drugs where you don’t know what dangerous materials they are made from,” Sergeant Mokrij said.

“As we get back to normal, we encourage people to party safely, drink responsibly, stay in control of your behaviour, look out for your mates and end your night right!” he said.

Sergeant Mokrij said ACT Policing Territory Targeting Team officers were patrolling licensed premises this week, focusing on alcohol and drug-related incidents and anti-social behaviour.

He said the Team was proactive in their patrolling and worked closely with staff at licensed premises and patrons to identify any problem areas or people.

“The Team targets anti-social or violent behaviour that places the safety and security of others at risk, in an effort to provide a safe environment for patrons and staff,” Sergeant Mokrij said.

“Everyone deserves to have a safe night out.”

He encouraged Canberrans to take personal responsibility for their own behaviour, know when they had had enough to drink and when to end the night and head home.

Sergeant Mokrij offered some tips to help people stay safe on a night out, including to consider the impact that an alcohol or violence-related conviction could have on their future; leave a venue when asked; think about what was actually in illicit drugs; keep an eye on mates; ask friends to wait with them until their transport arrived when heading home; and not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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