Behave or start 2012 in jail

BUNDABERG police have sent a stern warning to New Year's Eve revellers to party responsibly or risk starting 2012 in a watchhouse jail cell.

Bundaberg police Inspector Kev Guteridge said officers would be out in force on Saturday night to enforce the law.

"It is traditionally a very busy night for us, particularly with disturbances," Insp Guteridge said.

"We find most people are well behaved inside licensed venues, but the trouble starts when they flood out into the street and conflicts occur."

Insp Guteridge urged people who were celebrating to enjoy themselves.

"We're not trying to stop people from having a good time," he said.

"We just want people to be responsible and be mindful of others."

Insp Guteridge said people throwing parties at home also needed to remember they had neighbours.

"If police are required to attend a noisy party, they will be directing the noise be stopped and, if they need to return, the stereo equipment will be seized," he said.

Insp Guteridge said officers would not hesitate to arrest people breaking the law.

"We've got extensive watchhouse facilities," he said.

"We are more than willing to fill it if need be - we will definitely find somewhere to put you if you do the wrong thing.

"Don't make your first memory of 2012 walking out of the Bundaberg watchhouse."

Insp Guteridge said last year's New Year's celebration were very quiet due to the floods.

"We did have some idiots jumping in the flooded river," he said.

"But apart from that, people were very well behaved.

"It was quieter than a normal weekend."

Bundaberg police Superintendent Rowan Bond said areas where crowds congregated would be watched closely by police.

"Places like taxi ranks are risky areas we concentrate on," he said.

"This time of year we usually have problems with assaults, hooning, excessive alcohol consumption and road-related injuries."

Supt Bond said people needed to monitor how much alcohol they drank.

"It's really important to keep an eye on excessive alcohol consumption and keep an eye on your mates," he said.

"People should walk away from any conflicts."



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