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Police give holiday hot tips

Thursday, 23rd January, 2014

Superintendent Murray Reynolds gave residents some hot tips for celebrating over the long weekend. Superintendent Murray Reynolds gave residents some hot tips for celebrating over the long weekend.

The area’s top cop has reminded residents celebrating Australia Day to plan ahead if they are drinking.

“One of the most important plans you need to make for the day is how you plan to get home and if you’re planning to drink, don’t drive,” Superintendent Murray Reynolds said.

“If you kick off early, pace yourself when drinking alcohol, show some personal responsibility, eat something, drink plenty of water and look after your mates.”

The message comes as NSW Police prepare to launch Operation Shoreline that will see large numbers of additional officers deployed across the state across the long weekend.

Supt Reynolds said extra local police will be on the beat to both deter crime and arrest anyone breaking the law.

“For those going away for the long weekend, make sure you have taken precautions to better protect your home from thieves while you’re away,” he said.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch encouraged the community to celebrate everything that’s great about our country, but to do so safely.

“We aren’t trying to stop people from having a good time; it’s about looking out for yourself, your family and your mates so you can all share many more good times,” he said.

“Once again, officers will focus on alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social or any behaviour that could ruin the day for others.”

Operation Shoreline will run in conjunction with Operation Safe Return, the state wide traffic campaign aimed at ensuring motorists travelling over the long weekend remain safe.

The operation will specifically target the major contributing factors related to road trauma including excessive speed, driving under the influence, fatigue and failure to wear seatbelts.

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