Officers will be out in force at Pub Fest on Sunday

MARYBOROUGH police are urging people at Pub Fest to stay safe this weekend.

They are encouraging revellers to use common sense and adopt personal safety strategies during the event.

The police are also warning that those choosing to spoil celebrations and break the law will be dealt with accordingly.

Officers will be out in force and adopting a zero-tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour.

Police Patrol Group Inspector Paul Biggin said police wanted everyone to have an enjoyable and safe Pub Fest.

"While police cannot prevent spur-of-the-moment altercations between party-goers, we are urging everyone to remember that one punch can kill," he said.

"Use common sense and walk away."

Safety tips recommended by the police include using public transport or taxis where possible, staying alert and aware of surroundings, trusting your instincts and recognise warning signs and developing a network of people who will assist you in an emergency.

The police also advised Pub Fest attendees to look after friends and consider the necessity of items carried in handbags or wallets.

People drinking alcohol should plan ahead, eat before drinking, avoid mixing drinks, do not leave drinks unattended and only accept drinks from people you trust.

If someone offers to buy you a drink, go up to the bar and accept the drink there.

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