REVELLERS are preparing to let their hair down to ring in the new year but police are gearing up for a big night – one of the busiest of the year.
Extra officers have been rostered on the beat in NYE party hotspots like Tamworth and Armidale with a stern warning there are no second chances.
Armidale Inspector Roger Best said there will be a strong police presence throughout the night.
“Historically Armidale has been quite good when it comes to crowd behaviour at events, however some people choose to not drink responsibly, which invariably leads to police intervention,” he said.
“In this instance police will take a zero tolerance approach.”
Inspector Best said officers will be out in full force at the fireworks show in the Wicklow Fields in town as well as sweeps of licensed venues and patrols of the streets to curb any problems with those celebrating at home.
In the Oxley command, Acting Inspector Josh McKenzie said local revellers should remember to limit their consumption.
“We remind people to have a good time but do so responsibly,” he said.
“We will be monitoring alcohol-related crime, particularly in the CBD, and ensuring licensees adhere to the new agreements.”
As the countdown edges closer and locals celebrate the last moments of 2013, the celebrations must be kept in check.
That includes the tunes as well.
“In relation to noise, noise can be offensive at any time of the day and each incident will be assessed on its merit,” Inspector Best said.
And while the celebrations die down come tomorrow morning, motorists are reminded to think twice before getting behind the wheel to avoid a rough start to the new year.
“We know from experience that people who do not drink responsibly are far more likely to take unnecessary risks and/or commit crime,” Barwon Superintendent Gelina Talbot said.
“Residents are encouraged to err on the side of caution and if in doubt about your sobriety come January 1, do not drive.
“While you might feel normal, no one drives well after alcohol.”
And she warns there are no fast tricks to get you under the limit.
“Getting back to zero takes time and no amount of coffee, food, physical activity or sleep will speed up the process,” Superintendent Talbot said.