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Will you have a safe New Year’s Eve?

New Year’s Eve is undoubtedly one of the most highly-anticipated party nights of the year. Many people look forward to getting together with friends and family over a few drinks and reflecting on the year that has been.

While the NSW Police acknowledge that this tradition is one of laughter and fun, they are also urging people to stay safe.

It is important that you put a safety plan in place before you begin the night’s festivities, such as ensuring you have a sober driver, know where you will be sleeping, have a meeting place in case of an emergency or if someone gets lost, and so on.

Assistant commissioner Alan Clarke also advises people to know all the details about events they are attending well in advance.

“There are less than two weeks until the big night, but we hope that over the Christmas break, people discuss their plans with family and friends to ensure they factor in possible delays; venue details; alcohol-prohibited zones, and changes in weather conditions,” Mr Clarke said in a statement.

This advice comes as part of the NSW Police campaign ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’, for which police are working closely with the City of Sydney. There is plenty of fun to be had on the evening as long as you do not break the law and put others at risk.

In particular assistant commissioner Clarke informs people that consuming alcohol on public transport will not be tolerated.

That said, he hopes that people will opt to take public transport instead of their cars.

“There won’t be much to celebrate if you spend your New Year’s Eve stuck in traffic. Leave the car at home and catch a train, bus, or ferry,” Mr Clarke said.

“But remember, consuming alcohol on public transport is not permitted and the Police Transport Command will be all over the network, so your travelling companion could be a police officer.”

Drink driving may be a problem at this time of the year so police will also be out patrolling the roads and performing random breath tests.

If you are the victim of an accident over this New Year period, there are no win no fee lawyers based in Sydney who may be able to help you make a claim for compensation.

There are options to claim car accident compensation as well as for public transport accidents.

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Gerard Malouf & Partners
 — Personal Injury Compensation Lawyers

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