Police urge responsible drinking over the weekend

Press Release – New Zealand Police

Police throughout the Wellington district are warning people to drink responsibly this weekend, as the festive season begins.Police throughout Wellington District urge responsible drinking over the weekend

Police throughout the Wellington district are warning people to drink responsibly this weekend, as the festive season begins.

Police are partnering with health professionals and community organisations around New Zealand and Australia in support of Operation Unite, which aims to reduce alcohol harm.

Wellington District Operation Unite Commander Inspector Peter Baird says, “We want people to have a good time this weekend whilst they’re celebrating at end of year functions and Christmas parties, but we will be out there too, taking a proactive approach to ensuring that people are being responsible with alcohol.”

Inspector Baird says Police in Kapiti Mana, Wellington city, the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa will be patrolling public places, supported by Maori Wardens, Community Patrollers, Walkwise staff and health professionals, conducting checks on licensed premises and enforcing liquor bans.

Road policing staff will also be out in force in an effort to reduce alcohol-related crashes.

“We want people to enjoy themselves at this time of year, but more importantly, we want everyone to get home in one piece at the end of the night.”

ENDS

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