On what is always a busy evening for police, Red Deer City RCMP are offering some tips on how to have a safe New Year’s Eve, and avoid being arrested or charged.
Last year’s New Year’s Eve saw local police kept busy with almost 80 complaints between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., during very cold weather and poor road conditions that led to several collisions.
Like most years, the majority of complaints last year were alcohol-related and many involved either loud parties or disturbances. City RCMP attended several fights, a stabbing, and several noise complaints involving fireworks.
To help people enjoy the festivities this year without coming into contact with the RCMP, Cpl. Kathe DeHeer, RCMP Media Resource Officer, has identified the most common reasons police are called and what people can do to avoid being arrested or charged.
● Impaired driving – Leave your vehicle at home so you are not able to drive. Either have a designated driver who is not consuming alcohol, or an alternate form of transportation such as a cab, limousine, or sober driver to come and get you when you are ready to go home.
● Intoxicated in a public place – Limit your alcohol consumption or have a sober person with you to ensure you arrive home safely, it is expected to be cold outside tonight (-15C) so do not attempt to walk home alone while intoxicated, and do not get into a vehicle with anyone who has been drinking.
● Causing a disturbance – Keep the noise down, if you are out walking do not yell and scream. If you are having a party keep the volume of your music at a consistent level (do not turn it up after you have had a few drinks). If you are at a party do not spill out to the street and continue to party.
● Assault or fighting – Do not start, join in, or pick a fight with anyone during the evening.
● Licenced Premises Violations – If you are under-age do not go to one of the nightclubs, Listen to the bouncers and leave if you are told.
Red Deer City RCMP wishes everyone a safe and happy New Year’s Eve.