Published: 31/12/2017 09:34 - Updated: 29/12/2017 15:18

Police urge safety at Hogmanay

policePolice are encouraging people to enjoy Hogmanay celebrations but to do so in a safe and responsible manner. 

Additional patrols will be out across the North East to support organised and community events. 

A number of events have been planned across the North East which include live music and fireworks in Aberdeen City Centre and the Stonehaven Fireballs event. 

Inspector Kenny McGeough, who is event commander for policing the Hogmanay Celebrations in Aberdeen, said: "Bringing in the New Year is a time of celebration for people to enjoy with their friends and family. It can also be an extremely busy time for the emergency services. 

"We remind people that attending an organised event or fireworks display is the safest way to celebrate Hogmanay. 

"We want people to enjoy themselves but in a safe and responsible manner. Know your limits, stick with your friends, look after each other and your belongings. Don’t leave your valuables or your drinks unattended." 

He added: "If you are planning to go out or attend an outdoor celebration for part or all of the evening ensure you are dressed for the weather which is expected to be very cold and make sure you know how you will get home safely. 

"Don’t forget that if you have been drinking you may still be over the limit the next day so if you are planning to travel arrange transport ahead so you can avoid driving. 

"Patrols are in place to tackle the small minority of reckless road users who continue to break the law but also to remind the general public that drink or drug driving is never worth the risk."

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