Happy New Year – Northern Tas

Northern District police want members of the public to enjoy the festivities during New Year’s Eve and welcome in 2014 safely.  To enjoy it, everyone has to behave in a manner that is acceptable to others and a highly visible Tasmania Police presence will ensure that is the case in hotels, public places and out on our roads. 

There are a number of locations around the Northern District which are “hot spots” for anti-social behaviour at this time of the year and police numbers have been increased into those areas to ensure that everyone has a safe and happy New Year.  The public is reminded that having an opened container of liquor on a public street and in some public places is unlawful and infringement notices may be issued to those found offending. 

Although police will be a little more tolerant of noisy parties over New Year’s Eve, it doesn’t mean that we will be ignoring them altogether.  Be considerate of your neighbours and avoid excessive noise late into the night otherwise police may have to take action to ensure people not celebrating in the same way, can enjoy their night.

As part of Operation Crossroads, traffic enforcement will continue during this period across the state.  There will be a focus on drink and drug driving.  Anyone planning on going out for the night and drinking should make alternative plans to get home, rather than driving a vehicle.  Taxis are traditionally busy during the night between 12 am – 2 am and the public may find it difficult to get a taxi during that period, so be patient.

Metro Tasmania will be running their Night Rider Services around the state with the latest in the Launceston area running until 1.30 am.  Members of the public should check their website at www.metrotas.com.au or call 13 22 01 to confirm times and routes.