Have a back-up strategy to get home after New Years party

MORE police will be on duty tonight to monitor the safe night out precinct and patrol the streets in an effort to have a quiet New Year's Eve.

Gladstone police Acting Senior Sergeant Owen Lawton said if people wanted to have a good night out they should plan ahead.

"If you're going out, leave your car at home," he said.

"A lot of people here party to the end and there are a lot of people on the street and very few cabs."

He said if people were asked to leave a pub or club that they should do so without arguing.

"If someone has had too much to drink venues must eject them and police are asked to get involved to help," he said.

"If you are asked to leave the safe night out precinct by police do not try and enter another licensed premise."

He warned people that their actions could impact them well after New Year's Day.

"It's much better if they have fun and go home and the worst thing that could happen is they wake up with a hangover," he said.

"If they are looking for trouble, they'll have a night in the watch house, a hangover and a court appearance.

"Unfortunately the watchouse can take quite a few people."

He said traffic police will also be on duty to catch drink drivers and people should try to organise a designated driver before they left home.



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