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Acting Victoria Premier Peter Ryan

Victorians Urged To Celebrate New Year’s Eve Safely

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Acting Premier Peter Ryan today joined with Victoria Police in urging Victorians to be responsible as they celebrate the beginning of 2012.

“New Year’s Eve is a time to have fun with your family and friends however it is important to remember your actions have the potential to affect yourself and those around you.” Mr. Ryan said.

“Drink responsibly and respect yourself and others as anti-social behaviour and violence will not be tolerated.”

“Police will be out in force this New Year’s Eve to ensure all Victorians can enjoy the celebrations in a safe environment, without alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour.”

Mr. Ryan launched the New Year’s Eve entertainment at Federation Square with a backdrop of entertainers, encouraging all Victorians to have fun safely.

Federation Square is an alcohol and glass-free zone to ensure safe celebrations for everyone, with a large number of licensed venues where visitors can enjoy a drink while taking advantage of the scores of free public events and entertainment on offer.

“Antisocial behaviour and the consumption of alcohol and drugs is what spoils the fun for everyone whether it is in Melbourne’s CBD, in regional areas, at foreshore locations where people gather to celebrate or at private parties.” Mr. Ryan said.

“Police will use all resources available during the high-risk festive time, including members of the Operations Response Unit, which has several hundred members and can be mobilised across the state at short notice.”

“Mounted Police and a Public Order Response Team, which is equipped to break up troublesome crowds and defuse incidents, will also assist with the patrol of busy CBD locations.”

Five brawler vans will be on standby in the CBD and Police will be deployed across the city, including along the river, at parks, fireworks areas and key entertainment precincts. Water Police will also be on duty along the Yarra River.

Mr. Ryan said last year Police arrested 395 people for being drunk and caught 60 drink drivers across the state on New Year’s Eve.

“The consumption of alcohol is banned in all public places within the CBD every day of the year and fines apply for breaching these restrictions.” Mr. Ryan said.

“Bans are also in place for all CBD New Year’s Eve entertainment precincts and many seaside and regional centres also have local restrictions on the consumption of alcohol in public places.”

Mr. Ryan said those caught by Police for being drunk and disorderly in a public place would be fined $611.

“In the interest of people’s own safety and for the safety of others, party-goers are encouraged to celebrate in moderation.” Mr. Ryan said.

Trains and trams will operate all night and the Nightrider buses will operate half-hourly services. Regular buses will adhere to a normal Saturday timetable. Extra Transit Safety Division Police Officers will be on duty at transport hubs in and around the CBD.

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