Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are working together to remind people to keep safe at Christmas time.
With increased socialising, comes increased risk, and messages around keeping yourself safe while out and about are being highlighted in the run up to Christmas.
Reminding everyone of the very simple advice to follow, from planning your jounrley home to never leaving your drink unattended, Chair of the Mid Ulster PCSP Chair Councillor Phelim Gildernew, said:
“Everyone knows the ‘never, ever drink and drive’ message and yet there are still those who fail to observe the rule. Simple things like planning journeys home after a night out as well as thinking about getting to work the next morning, particularly if there is a chance you could be over the limit, can all help prevent an accident or worse.
“Alcohol, as we all know, can affect people’s judgement and vulnerability so at this time of year we are also reminding people about how actions and reactions can have a devastating impact”.
Councillor Gildernew also drew attention to the ‘one punch’ campaign which highlights the often devastating impact of fighting:
“Since 2004, 24 people have been killed because of someone pulling one punch. Again, alcohol can sometimes affect people’s abilities to make a reasoned decision but one quick reaction can have a massive impact on lives.
“Linking with the PSNI, we are promoting two short films which deal with the issues of consent in relationships and the impact of ‘one punch’ incidents.
Echoing the safety message, Mid Ulster District Commander, Superintendent Mike Baird said: “We want everyone to make the most of the festive season. All we ask is that you do it safely and responsibly.
“When you go out in a group, stay in a group – make sure that no one is left behind. Organise your way home and nominate a designated driver.
“Don’t get caught up in drama. Drink responsibly and walk away from any situation that seems to be getting out of hand.
“And please remember, that we are here to help and can be contacted on 101.”