Canberrans are being encouraged to ‘party safe’ over the Christmas and New Year period and do their bit to keep ACT venues and roads safe.
In launching the ‘What Would They Think’ campaign, Police and Emergency Services Minister Mick Gentleman said in a statement “this festive season, consider how you want your night to go and how things can end badly if you don’t have a plan in place”.
“At worst, you could injure yourself or someone else, end up in court or wake up in the emergency department. Nobody wants to let down their families, friends and colleagues by losing their licence or causing an altercation.”
Mr Gentleman urged Canberrans to ensure they have a plan to get home, look after their friends and “take the safest option”, such as “taking a cab home, saying no to another drink or asking for assistance”.
“We’re also reminding Canberrans that driving under the influence of illicit substances is against the law and the ACT Government’s cannabis legislation will not change this when it comes into effect early next year,” he said.
“ACT Policing officers will be patrolling licensed premises and entertainment precincts and Canberra’s roads targeting alcohol and drug related incidents, anti-social behaviour and impaired driving.”
ACT Policing will continue the campaign beyond the festive season until the end of next year.