Police Minister encourages people to party safely this NYE

QUEENSLANDERS planning to usher in the New Year with are being urged to travel and party safely this evening.

Police Minister Bill Byrne said he wanted the thousands who would be celebrating to have a great time while respecting others.

Mr Byrne said there would be a strong police presence at large public events and in the state's entertainment precincts.

"We want everyone to enjoy themselves without incident tonight," he said.

"Our message to those heading to parties and licensed venues is to see in the new year safely.

"I am urging people to take responsibility for their own actions and to respect others.

Mr Byrne said it would be a fantastic night of celebration if people made every effort not to be anti-social or aggressive.

"If you are intending to drink this evening, make sure you have plans in place for a safe return home," he said.

"Use public transport, take a taxi or organize a 'dry driver'."

Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing said those doing the wrong thing could expect to be removed from entertainment precincts.

"New year's is a time of a celebration and we encourage everyone to have a good time tonight," Dep Comm Pointing said.

"However, there is no place for violence or anti-social behaviour in Queensland and officers will not tolerate unacceptable behaviour.

"We know all too well how aggressive situations can escalate quickly and the consequences can be fatal.

"If you do find yourself in a confrontational situation - simply walk away. We do not want your first hours of 2016 spent in a watchhouse or hospital as a result of your actions."

There were 636 people arrested in Queensland during celebrations last year.

For a full list of road closures visit 131940.qld.gov.au.



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