Stay safe is the message from police chiefs ahead of New Year

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POLICE ARE ENCOURAGING people to enjoy Hogmanay celebrations but to do so in a safe and responsible manner.

As Moray gears up for the final round of Festive season events the North East force have said that additional patrols will be carried out in support of organised and community events.

Inspector Kenny McGeough said: “Bringing in the New Year is a time of celebration for people to enjoy with their friends and family. It can also be an extremely busy time for the emergency services.
“We remind people that attending an organised event or fireworks display is the safest way to celebrate Hogmanay.

“There will be increased Police presence and any disorder will be dealt with appropriately. We want people to enjoy themselves but in a safe and responsible manner. Know your limits, stick with your friends, look after each other and your belongings. Don’t leave your valuables or your drinks unattended.

“If you are planning to go out or attend an outdoor celebration for part or all of the evening ensure you are dressed for the weather which is expected to be very cold and make sure you know how you will get home safely.

“Don’t forget that if you have been drinking you may still be over the limit the next day so if you are planning to travel arrange transport ahead so you can avoid driving.

“Patrols are in place to tackle the small minority of reckless road users who continue to break the law but also to remind the general public that drink or drug driving is never worth the risk.”