Dec 23 2011 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Friday
FESTIVE revellers across the Stirling area have been advised by police to adopt a series of safety tips to avoid any mishaps throughout the Christmas period.
Community constables with Central Scotland Police have said that officers will be out in force in a bid to clampdown on drink-driving and anti-social behaviour.
Locals hoping to enjoy a night out as they see in 2012 were also asked not to over-indulge with alcohol, and to steer clear of illicit substances.
Bridge of Allan-based PC Gary Meikle advised party-goers: “Make plans for after a night out – arrange alternative transport, a taxi, bus or nominate someone to stay sober and drive.
“Drink-driving is not acceptable and it has a big impact on the life of those caught. It also affect others though a blatant disregard for their safety.
“Police will be out and about concentrating on drivers who drink before getting behind the wheel. We will be carrying out stop checks at night and in the mornings, for those who choose to drive ‘the morning after’.”
Dunblane community officer Simon Fraser added: “Anyone intending to have an alcoholic drink at any time should make sure they are not tempted to drive their vehicle afterwards.
“People drinking in the evening should ensure they allow enough time for the alcohol to leave their system before getting behind the wheel the following day.
“The message is simple: drink or drive – people can’t choose both.”
PC Campbell Dunn encouraged revellers to take precautions such as ensuring mobile were fully charged, to look after valuables and stressed to younger party-goers the importance of valid identification.
The officer continued: “I’d advise against mixing alcoholic drinks, and ask people to alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water.
“People shouldn’t feel pressured by friends to drink more than they feel they want to, or to have ‘one last drink’ before leaving.
“It’s important people watch their drinks to prevent someone spiking them – they shouldn’t be left at the sinks in the toilets, or on tables or the bar, if people go for a dance.
“The same applies if someone offers to buy someone a drink. Also, anyone who feels drunk or unwell after just a small amount of alcohol should ask a trusted friend or a member of the club or pub management for help.
“Taking drugs is illegal and people will be charged if found in possession. It’s dangerous to mix drink and drugs as it can make people do things they wouldn’t otherwise.”